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Marito En Route to Cheltenham

Marito is being preened for a run in March’s Cheltenham Festival meet. The ten year old will have one or two more entries in preparation before March. He is expected to be running February’s Leopardstown Hunter chase.

Could Marito make his mark this year?

Prior to joining Colin McBratney in 2014, Marito received training from the well-known and talented trainer Willie Mullins. The Bay Gelding has had the finest start and McBratney has continued to train him to the highest of standards.

Marito is starting to display his talents proving to racing fans that his pedigree is paying off. Just prior to his tenth birthday on 1st January 2006, Marito provided his team with an impressive run at Down Royal. He won the Hunters Chase easily and as such McBratney is now setting the bar higher for his winner.

Speaking of what’s next for Marito, McBratney has said that his winner will get an entry in the hunter chase at Leopardstown on February 6th. There is also a possibility that he could run in a point-to-point on the same weekend.

Marito doesn’t fair as well on heavy ground as such his entries are still in question, but both are probable. If the ground is heavy, McBratney has stated that he will most likely select the easier option and enter Marito in the point-to-point. The hope will then be that the ground is dry for Cheltenham in March, which will stand the horse in good stead.

Speaking with Enthusiasm for his winner McBratney went on to sing Marito’s praises:

“He’s unbeaten in three point-to-points and won his hunter chase well in Down Royal. He’s always been a talented horse. He ran Hurricane Fly to just over a length over hurdles one day. He’s obviously had one or two issues, but fingers crossed we can keep him right.”

Author Lisa Wood
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