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Babe team eager for Festival run

Robert Tyner believes the likely fast pace will bring out the best in Byerley Babe in the Rewards4Racing Novices' Chase at Cheltenham.

A winner at Limerick and Thurles this season, the seven-year-old carries the colours of leading owner JP McManus and is bound for Prestbury Park.

She was narrowly beaten by Avondhu Lady in a valuable mares' prize at Naas in early February, but Tyner feels his charge deserves her place at the Festival.

He said: "We're looking forward to seeing her run and she's a mare who travels well in her races, so the good gallop they go in Cheltenham will suit her.

"The ground in Cheltenham does dry up quickly, which will be good for our mare as we'd like to see her run on a bit nicer ground.

"She just got a bit bogged down in Naas the last day, but she's been in good form since and we're happy with her."