Express chasing double

Owner Robert Waley-Cohen has high hopes that Rajdhani Express can triumph at the Cheltenham Festival for the second year running.

Having claimed the novice handicap chase over two miles and five furlongs last season, Nicky Henderson's seven-year-old's options this year are the Ryanair Chase or the Byrne Group Plate, with the latter more likely.

He has only had one run this season when he finished fifth in the Paddy Power Gold Cup.

"Rajdhani Express is doing very well," said Waley-Cohen.

"We've not quite decided yet whether he will run in the Ryanair or the handicap, but I suspect it will be the handicap.

"He needs decent ground so it's unlikely he'll run before Cheltenham. I thought he ran very well in the Paddy Power, he was 15lb higher than at the Festival. He got trodden on by another horse unfortunately, but he hasn't missed anything as he wouldn't have run with the ground like this.

"He has Festival form in the book, he likes racing off a fast pace and hopefully he will get his ground."