SCARPETA was an exceptionally game fourth in the Grade 1 Ballymore Novice’s Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival last Wednesday. Our Willie Mullins trained five-year-old was having only his third start over hurdles and came into the race the outsider of the Mullins trained horses. He faced an exceptional field including the big Cheltenham hot pot and very special looking Samcro. Also lining up in the race were three other Willie Mullins trained horses including the grade one winner Next Destination, the improving Duc Des Genievres and multiple winner Brahma Bull. English trained horses were also well represented with Black Op and Vision Des Flos attempting to see off the Irish challengers.