Voy ready for Ryanair challenge

Voy Por Ustedes is reported to be in tip-top shape as he bids to win a third different race at the Cheltenham Festival.

Voy Por Ustedes is reported to be in tip-top shape as he bids to win a third different race at the Cheltenham Festival.

Robert Ogden’s eight-year-old is favourite for tomorrow’s Ryanair Chase to add to his victories in the Arkle Trophy in 2006 and the Queen Mother Champion Chase in 2007.

“Everything has gone well in his preparation,” said the owner’s racing manager Barry Simpson.

“He’s in great form and if he runs to his form I think he’ll win, but there are still some good horses in the race he has to beat.

“The distance is fine, the track is perfect for him going the right-way round and we’ve no problems with the ground at the moment.

“We’ve got a top-class jockey on board and the trainer’s in form. He ticks all the boxes.”

His trainer Alan King is also delighted the way the build-up has gone.

“We haven’t done a huge amount since Ascot, he did a bit of work on Saturday morning but just to put the finishing touches to him,” said the Barbury Castle-based handler.

“The lad who rides him every day is very happy with him and so is the trainer.

“Viking Flagship (dual Queen Mother winner) used to need a huge amount of work whereas with this fellow, the temptation is to leave him underdone.

“They are both very talented and even though they are both Queen Mother winners, they are both probably better over two and a half.

“There’s nothing we can do about the weather and if it stays the way it is nobody can have any complaints.”

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