Moore keen to see Vino flowing at Festival

Vino Griego ridden by Jamie Moore wins the Weatherbys Hamilton Insurance Chase during Betfair Ascot Chase Day at Ascot
Vino Griego ridden by Jamie Moore wins the Weatherbys Hamilton Insurance Chase during Betfair Ascot Chase Day at Ascot
The start of racing on Washout Wednesday / Picture by Malcolm Wells

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Two of the region’s most-improved chasers will bid for glory on day three of the Cheltenham Festival.

Vino Griego and On Trend will this afternoon arrive at Prestbury Park in fine fettle having already celebrated classy wins this year.

Meanwhile, two former National Spirit Hurdle winners will bid to recreate their best form on the biggest stage.

Vino Griego has been brilliant since the turn of the year.

After an encouraging second to Salden Licht at Plumpton, Jamie Moore switched tactics on the eight-year-old son of Kahyasi.

Rather than let him bowl along at the front of the field, the jockey decided to wait with him – and it worked the oracle.

He defeated Renard D’Irlande by 19 lengths at Cheltenham before seeing off Cappa Bleu in a Listed handicap chase at Ascot last time out.

The superb run of form has seen him jump 17lb in the handicap to a career-best 145.

And as Vino Griego arrives at Cheltenham for the Grade 3 Byrne Group Plate this afternoon (4pm), Moore and his father Gary – who trains the talent at Lower Beeding in West Sussex – are hoping for more improvement.

On Trend has enjoyed a similar purple patch for his Findon-based handler Nick Gifford.

The lightly-raced seven-year-old is all set to go for glory in the Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup (4.40pm).

He arrives at Prestbury Park on the back of his impressive Betfred Masters Handicap Chase success at Sandown last time out – and an excellent second to Brackloon High at Kempton in January.

Those wins have propelled him 11lb up the handicap.

But Gifford is confident there is more to come from his 139-rated charge, who has raced just 10 times under rules.

Former Fontwell winners are at every turn on day three.

Celestial Halo – the 2011 National Spirit Hurdle champion – goes in the Grade 1 World Hurdle (3.20pm).

The 2012 winner of Fontwell’s richest race, Third Intention, kicks the card off in the Jewson Novices’ Chase (1.30pm).

Cue Card, who made a winning bow in a bumper in West Sussex, goes in the Ryanair Chase (2.40pm).

Meanwhile, Alfie Sherrin and Problema Tic are among On Trend’s rivals before the meeting closes with the Cross Country Chase (5.15pm), which was postoned on Tuesday.