Trainer Nicky Richards is looking forward to Guitar Pete returning to Cheltenham Racecourse for the £130,000 Caspian Caviar Gold Cup (1.55pm) one of the feature races of day two of The International, Saturday, December 15th.
The eight-year-old, gained his biggest success over fences when beating subsequent Betway Bowl third Clan Des Obeaux by two and three quarter lengths in the extended two and a half-mile handicap chase at Cheltenham last year.
Guitar Pete finished runner-up on his seasonal return in a Listed handicap chase at Wetherby and ran an excellent race at Cheltenham 15 days later when taking third behind Baron Alco and Frodon in the BetVictor Gold Cup at The November Meeting.
He will now attempt to emulate the only previous dual winner of the Caspian Caviar Gold Cup, Poquelin, who scored in 2009 and 2010.
Cumbria-based Richards revealed: “Guitar Pete has come out of Cheltenham in great form.
“He ran a fine race in the BetVictor Gold Cup and I just think the ground was probably slightly too quick for him.
“Hopefully, that race has set him up nicely for the Caspian Caviar Gold Cup.
“With the rain we’ve had recently, more cut in the ground would suit him as he enjoys soft ground.
“He is a horse who acts around Cheltenham and he is good enough to compete in these races. He won this race last year and it would be great if he could run well again.”
Entries for the Caspian Caviar Gold Cup close at noon today and will be revealed tomorrow, Wednesday, November 28th.