LiveScore Racing News: Honeyball focused on Mister Allegro's jumping display
Dorset handler Anthony Honeyball feels Mister Allegro's chances in Saturday's JCB Triumph Trial Juvenile Hurdle at Cheltenham will all depend on his runner's jumping.
Over smaller obstacles, the three-year-old has thrived under Honeyball, winning both his starts following his transfer from Mark Johnston's stables.
Mister Allegro grabbed headlines with an impressive victory when going off at 40/1 to win at Ludlow in his first jumps outing back in October.
Victory later that month in a field of seven runners at Wincanton showed the three-year-old has potential that even Honeyball and his team were surprised by, considering a lack of experience over obstacles at the start.
Mister Allegro's credentials ahead of next year's Cheltenham Festival will be put to the test once again at Prestbury Park on Saturday. Honeyball feels that if he gets the jumps right, his charge has the speed to compete.
"He caught us off guard a little bit first time out. He jumped quite nicely for his first run," said Honeyball. "He probably likes decent ground and then he backed it up well at Wincanton on quick ground. He jumped well again and that is the key to him.
"He needs to put on a similar display of jumping, if not even better, to get him in the mix. If he jumps really well and slick and gets away from his hurdles well and does everything right, hopefully we'll be in the shake up and we'll see if we are good enough."
Mister Allegro will be going up against some of the toughest competition of his career to date, with Milton Harris' double winner Knight Salute and Alan King's highly-rated Caramelised set to feature.
Experienced handler Paul Nicholls is set to see Magistrato also feature, with the three-year-old looking to build on an impressive win at Chepstow last month.
Nicholls has been talking up Magistrato's chances and says his runner has been in good shape since that Juvenile Hurdle success in Monmouthshire on October 9.
Nicholls told Betfair: "He made the perfect debut for us at Chepstow five weeks ago with a pleasing victory by 12 lengths and the bonus is that he escapes a penalty.
"He has thrived since then, stays well and this track will suit him so while this is a stronger race if he improves again then I'd say he is the one they all have to beat."