Arundel jockey aiming to repeat Festival feat

Liam Treadwell
Liam Treadwell
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Minellatillmorning won the Happy Birthday Sarah Cotty Handicap Hurdle. Picture: Fontwell Park

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Liam Treadwell is aiming for a case of déjà vu at the Cheltenham Festival.

The Arundel rider claimed his first winner at the prestigious four-day meeting last season – steering Carrickboy to glory in the Grade 3 Byrne Group Plate.

And the partnership is back at Prestbury Park ready to defend the crown this afternoon (4pm).

A 50/1 winner 12 months ago, Carrickboy is 14/1 to claim back-to-back successes.

He will be joined in the 24-strong field by 25-1-shot Tatenen, who is trained at Storrington by Richard Rowe.

And 2012 National Spirit Hurdle champion Third Intention is 14/1 to taste glory.

While Sire De Grugy stole the show with his Queen Mother Champion Chase success, there was local interest right through yesterday’s Festival card.

But none could match the heroics of Gary Moore’s ace.

Cole Harden, who won a maiden hurdle at Fontwell in November, was seventh in the Grade 1 Neptune Investment Management Novices’ Hurdle.

Black Thunder, a winner on his chase bow at the track in October, fell in the Grade 1 RSA Chase.

Two-time National Spirit Hurdle runner-up Meister Eckhart was 13th in the Coral Cup, while Goodwood Mirage’s hopes of Fred Winter success ended when he was brought down.

And finally Third Act, who chased Lily Waugh home at Fontwell, was 13th in the Champion Bumper.