Moore keeps Vino Griego faith

Vino Griego could try to regain his sparkle at the Cheltenham Festival following a second lacklustre effort at Newbury over the weekend.

Gary Moore's charge caught the eye when running out a seven-length winner of a Listed event at Sandown in December, beating Harry Topper by 14 lengths in the process.

Subsequently pulled up in Peter Marsh Chase at Haydock, Vino Griego clashed again with Harry Topper in Saturday's Denman Chase at Newbury but was already beaten when pulled up with two fences still to jump.

Both those runs came on heavy ground and Moore is hoping a return to a better surface can see Vino Griego recapture the kind of form that saw him finish second in the Byrne Group Plate at the Festival last year.

He said: "We've had him checked and his blood tests and scope came back fine. I think he just maybe doesn't want heavy ground any more.

"When he beat Harry Topper at Sandown, Kim Bailey (Harry Topper's trainer) was thinking of not running as the ground was too quick. We beat him 14 lengths that day and he was more than that behind when he pulled up.

"I just hope we can get him back now. He'll have two or three entries at the Festival and we'll go from there."