Talking Horses: Slate House stands out on Cheltenham Festival Trials day

The selection makes more appeal than the underwhelming Santini and it is surprising to see him at a much bigger price

Colin Tizzard’s yard has been awash with classy staying chasers for the last few seasons and he has another on his hands in Slate House (2.25), who can land the Cotswold Chase on Cheltenham Trials day. A horse who travels strongly for a long way in his races, he can gain compensation for what happened here in November, when he knuckled over at the second-last in the BetVictor.

Slate House has won twice since then, including in the Kauto Star, for which he gets only a half-penalty. He makes more appeal than Santini, so underwhelming at Sandown in the autumn, and it is surprising to see him at a much bigger price. Bristol De Mai is respected but has yet to win at Cheltenham in four visits.

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