Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

French Trainer's on a Raiding Mission

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

French Trainer's on a Raiding Mission

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Byline: GRAHAM CUNNINGHAM

TRAINERS all over Britain and Ireland are priming their best horses for Cheltenham.

But the Festival is a truly international occasion these days, and the leading French handler Arnaud Chaille-Chaille was quietly confident that he can make a splash at the world's greatest jumps meeting next month as he supervised exercise at his base on the Atlantic coast near Royan this morning.

Chaille-Chaille plans to send a team of four or five horses across the Channel-and had no hesitation in nominatingthe exciting Zaiyad as the one to keep an eye on.

The Sadler's Wells gelding is firmly established among the best novices in France and is now 12-1 for the SunAlliance Hurdle with Corals after sustained support in the last two weeks.

Chaille-Chaille said: "He will be kept in the Supreme Novices' Hurdle, too, but I prefer to go for the SunAlliance and he is my best chance of a winner."

Zaiyad will be accompanied to Cheltenham by the World Hurdle contender Ambobo and the unbeaten Arkle Chase contender Mid Dancer, and Chaille-Chaille is keen to secure Barry Geraghty to ride all his horses if possible. …

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