Dermot Weld has questioned whether his William Hill Supreme Novices’ Hurdle challenger Galileo’s Choice has the required experience to win the Cheltenham Festival curtain-raiser.
A Group Three winner on the level, he has won two of his three starts over timber with his sole defeat coming at the hands of Sous Les Cieux in the Royal Bond.
Only seen once since then, he had no trouble winning in a small field at Fairyhouse but despite him being as low as 6/1 with Ladbrokes for the Cheltenham opener, his trainer admits it could be a real eye-opener for him in the Cotswolds.
“Inexperience would be the problem with him,” Weld told At The Races.
“He’s a Flat horse converted to jumping and the rest of his year will be built around the Flat and inexperience will be a problem, especially around Cheltenham.”