Jessica Harrington hopes in good nick for Cheltenham

Jessica Harrington reports her two big hopes on the opening day of the Cheltenham Festival, Steps To Freedom and Oscars Well, in fine fettle.

The County Kildare trainer took the pair to the Curragh for a racecourse workout on Tuesday.

Steps To Freedom, a leading fancy for the William Hill Supreme Novices’ Hurdle that opens the meeting, jumped about 12 hurdles in a schooling session.

“Steps To Freedom schooled around 12 hurdles at the Curragh this morning,” Harrington tweeted.

“He was very good and all is on track for Cheltenham.”

Oscars Well, her runner in the Stan James Champion Hurdle, also enjoyed a racecourse gallop.

Harrington added: “Oscars Well galloped today and was very good.

“All on course for Cheltenham.”