David Pipe is of the opinion that Ramses De Teillee is ticking most of the boxes ahead of his appearance in the Grade One Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle at next week’s Cheltenham Festival. The mudlark – who has an entry into the 2020 Randox Health Grand National in just over four weeks’ time – will be going all-out to continue his unbeaten run over hurdles this season by giving his trainer a first win in this three-miler.
Ramses De Teillee was beaten on his only start over fences this season, however he has been thriving over hurdles and backed up his triumphant return at Cheltenham last October by winning Grade Two races at Doncaster and Haydock Park.
David Pipe said: “We were always going to take advantage of his novice hurdle status at some point, but we could never have dreamt it would have worked out this well.
“We tweaked his wind after he was beaten over fences and he seemed to come back an even better horse, as they were good performances at Haydock and Doncaster.
“He doesn’t mind the big occasion, he jumps and stays well and he is rated 151 which puts him in the top five novice hurdlers, so that tells you he must have a chance.
“The only negative would be if it dries up during the week, as though he goes on better ground, he is better on soft ground. However, he has lots of positives.”
Ramses De Teillee a general 20/1 shot in the 2020 Randox Health Grand National with some bookmakers going as high as 25/1 on the 8-year-old.