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Cheltenham Festival 2018 – Fergal O’Brien’s Colin’s Sister to head straight to the Sun Bets Stayers’ Hurdle

Fergal O'Brien will skip an outing at Fontwell on Sunday and instead head straight to the Cheltenham Festival

COLIN’S SISTER will head straight to the Cheltenham Festival for a crack at the Sun Bets Stayers’ Hurdle.

Fergal O’Brien’s mare had the option of running in the National Spirit Hurdle but connections have decided to skip an outing at Fontwell this weekend.

Colin’s Sister will head to Cheltenham

Colin’s Sister will head to Cheltenham

O’Brien said: “She will go straight to Cheltenham for the Stayers’ Hurdle.

“I put her in the National Spirit at Fontwell as last year it was not very strong and the ground was quite soft. The owners are keen to go for the Stayers’ Hurdle. She has done nothing wrong all year.

“There will be a few coming over from Ireland and one or two over here, like L’Ami Serge, that she has not taken on, but she’s handled herself well all season and I don’t see why Cheltenham will be any different.

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“There is no race that I have been disappointed with.

“I think three miles is her trip. The last day at Cheltenham she was sixth coming down the hill and she stayed on to be third, so she was not stopping.

“I think she is better on soft ground and we are unlikely to get that, but she deserves to take her chance.”

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