Cheltenham Festival: Buzz handed tentative entry for Stayers' Hurdle

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Buzz has won five times for owners Thurloe Thoroughbreds since being bought out of Hughie Morrison's yard, capturing the racing public's attention when landing both the Cesarewitch and Ascot Hurdle in quick succession in 2021. That set up the Motivator gelding for a tilt at the Long Walk Hurdle, but he suffered a fractured pelvis a day before the race and has been on the comeback trail ever since. Although still in the very early stages of his training at Henderson's Seven Barrows base, he has been given the option of competing in the Thursday feature at the Festival and James Stafford of owners Thurloe Thoroughbreds says it is a race they will think about if the nine-year-old gives the right signals. He said: "He's going through his very early paces. The entry stage was this morning so we had to make the entry for Cheltenham. "It doesn't mean Buzz is back, we hope he's back, but if you are not in today you have no chance of running. "It's an entry, which if he tells us in the next two to three weeks he's getting better, then we will think about it." Buzz will have been off the track for over 450 days if returning at Prestbury Park and Stafford believes the horse deserves that opportunity having been the model patient during his recovery. "It would be fantastic to see him back as he has been the most marvellous patient and has done everything asked along the way," he continued. "He deserves to come back for the effort, he as a horse, has put into his own well-being. There has been masses of loving people around him who have done a marvellous job helping, but he has been a massive help to himself, which is three-quarters of the battle." A percentage of the prize-money earned by Buzz has been donated to the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity, a factor Stafford thinks is another reason for his popularity. He added: "The cancer charity link has captured the imagination, he has won a Cesarewitch and a Grade Two and he's grey. So there's lots to love about him and he's a trier - he will never give up for you."

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