Trainer Nick Williams believes Siruh Du Lac is going “under the radar” as he prepares to bid for back-to-back wins in the Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable Plate at the Cheltenham Festival.
The seven-year-old enjoyed a faultless campaign last season, winning each of his four starts and claiming Festival glory in the Cotswolds with an all-the-way victory in the hands of Lizzie Kelly.
Siruh Du Lac has raced just once since – when pulled up in the BetVictor Gold Cup at Cheltenham in November – but Williams is confident his stable star can bounce back on his return to Prestbury Park in a fortnight’s time.
“He’s entered for the race he won last year and he’s an intended runner,” said the Devon-based trainer.
“When he ran at Cheltenham in November, he picked up a small fracture in a small bone,so he had two months convalescing.”
Williams is hoping Siruh Du Lac may still be favourably treated.
“He’s higher in the weights than he was last year – but he’s still lightly raced, so you’d like to think there’s more to come,” he added.
“His form at Cheltenham last year was pretty solid – and he should have a nice weight to carry, looking at the other entries,” he added.
“I think he’s quite an interesting runner. He’s certainly going under the radar.”