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Horse Racing: Bravemansgame strengthens Cheltenham hopes

Harry Cobden says Bravemansgame is "on track for Cheltenham" after his success at Newbury on Saturday.

The seven-year-old, winner of the Kauto Star Novices' Chase, scored for the fourth time over fences in the novice handicap chase and is available at 11/4 to win the Brown Advisory Novices' Chase at Prestbury Park in March's Festival.

As always, you can follow the Festival on our Sports Live Streaming hub.

Cobden revels in victory

He gave 16lb to runner-up Pats Fancy but was always in control and stretched three-and-a-half-lengths clear under Harry Cobden.

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Speaking after the victory and the upcoming Cheltenham chances, Cobden said: "I learned plenty from that. He enjoyed bowling along but he's better coming from behind.

"He's jumped beautifully and it was a perfect little prep run. He was nowhere near being properly wound-up by the boss and he's on track for Cheltenham."

Trainer Paul Nicholls, who has won the Brown Advisory three times, including with Gold Cup winner Denman and Topofthegame, believed it was the perfect prep for Grade 1, saying: "I left plenty to work on. I didn't want to come here really fit and leave nothing to work on.

"I'm pleased with what he's done and that's a super job. We're going into Cheltenham in good shape now and I'm thrilled with that."

Mullins charge poses threat

Bravemansgame will have to get the better of the Willie Mullins-trained Galopin Des Champs at Cheltenham.

The six-year-old is less experienced over fences but caught the eye at the Dublin Racing Festival last week when winning the Grade 1 Ladbrokes Novice Chase under Paul Townend by nine lengths.

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