Gavin has just the girl for Cheltenham
Gavin Cromwell saddles his first Cheltenham Festival runners this week in the shape of OLBG Mares' Hurdlefancy Jer's Girl and Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle Prospectus.
Jer's Girl, a dual Grade One winner in Ireland last season, finished last of five behind Petit Mouchoir in the Ryanair Hurdle at Leopardstown in December, but Cromwell is confident of a bold showing from the five-year-old in tomorrow's two and a half mile Grade One event.
The County Meath handler said: "I'm very happy with her and she has been going well at home. She is fit and, if you take her last run out, you have to put her in the frame.
"I think she'll definitely be there with Limini and Vroum Vroum Mag anyway.
"The ground will be fine for her - it will pose no problem."
Jer's Girl, a winner of four hurdles last season, is owned by J P McManus and ridden by Mark Walsh.
Cromwell also saddles four-year-old gelding Prospectus, successful in two of his three starts over hurdles. He was a length and a quarter winner last time out at Fairyhouse on January 25.
Commenting on his charge, the trainer said: "I would rather that the ground was a bit softer for him but I think he has an each-way chance."
Asked about the thrill of training your first Cheltenham Festival runners, Cromwell replied: "I've really enjoyed the preparation coming into The Festival, it's been great.
"Getting them here in one piece has been the big job so we're now ready and we will see how it goes."
Willie Mullins also exercised his battalion of horses and commented on the heavyweight clash between his star mares Limini (Ruby Walsh) and Vroum Vroum Mag (Paul Townend), both owned by Susannah Ricci, in tomorrow's OLBG Mares' Hurdle.
Ireland's champion jumps trainer declared: "I wasn't tempted by going for the Champion Hurdle with Vroum Vroum Mag and we'll see what happens in the Mares' Hurdle."