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Good luck to all the Scottish connections with runners at next week’s Cheltenham Festival.

There are still some handicap entries to be finalised, but Iain Jardine tells me he could be represented in the curtain-raising Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle with Jabbaar.


He has good form on the Flat and made a winning debut over timber at Sedgefield on Boxing Day – don’t be surprised if he outruns his massive odds.

Harriet Graham has made no secret of the fact that she rates Aye Right highly and Wednesday’s RSA Insurance Novices’ Chase is the preferred target for the Jedburgh raider.

Lucinda Russell could have a busy week as she has quite a few entries at Cheltenham and Hexham.

At the Festival in the Ultimate Handicap Chase on Tuesday, she saddles Big River who stayed on strongly into fourth in the corresponding race last year.

Scotland’s leading jumps handler could also run Mighty Thunder in Thursday’s Pertemps Network Final and Bialco on Friday in the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle.