Trainer John Quinn is in bullish mood with regards to the Cheltenham Festival prospects of his charge Recession Proof, following a superb recent performance.

The well-regarded five-year-old battled to a third victory over obstacles when defeating Bothy in a difficult re-scheduled Totesport Trophy at Newbury on Friday.

As a result of that victory, Recession Proof is now as short as 8/1 to claim victory in the first race in the Cheltenham Festival, the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle.

Quinn has reported that the horse showed no adverse effects as a result of the run and has since worked at home. There was initial concern from connections about the ground at Newbury but the soft going suited whilst less cut would also be acceptable.

The trainer was particularly happy given that the competitors in the race were much more experienced including handicappers and second season novices and he was also impressed with the quality of jumping technique shown by his horse.

Whilst the challenge at the annual renewal with be tougher still, the performance certainly bodes well and punters should take note.

Quinn also has another festival hope in the shape of Moonlight Drive. The point-to-point win is lined-up to feature in the Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle and made a good impression when under Rules for the first time at Wetherby earlier this month.

Those assessing cheltenham free bets note how the horse is expected to run in a three-mile event this Friday and will be well worth watching for his Cheltenham prospects.

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