Aerial tuned in for Power play
Aerial is Anita Chambers' nap of the day for the Paddy Power Gold Cup - she has a selection for every race in the UK and Ireland.
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CHELTENHAM: 12.45 Vasco Du Ronceray, 1.20 Sea Of Thunder, 1.55 Viking Blond, 2.35 AERIAL (NAP), 3.05 El Dancer, 3.40 Buy Back Bob.
LINGFIELD: 12.00 Sail Home, 12.30 Manomine, 1.05 Kashmiri Star, 1.40 Miakora, 2.15 Farraaj, 2.50 Hezmah, 3.20 Stasio, 3.55 Storm King.
PUNCHESTOWN: 11.55 Mount Benbulben, 12.25 Gates Of Rome, 1.00 Money Spider, 1.35 Simenon, 2.10 Supreme Bob, 2.45 Arabella Boy, 3.15 Minsk, 3.50 Clondaw Court.
UTTOXETER: 12.20 Lord Of House, 12.55 High Kite, 1.30 Black Is Beautiful, 2.05 Rich Buddy, 2.40 Lean Burn, 3.10 Noble Legend, 3.45 Up And Go.
WETHERBY: 12.10 Fintan, 12.40 Bollin Dolly, 1.10 Twice Lucky, 1.45 Solis, 2.25 Mr Moss, 2.55 Deise Dynamo, 3.25 Meetings Man.
WOLVERHAMPTON: 5.50 Avon Breeze, 6.20 Green Mitas, 6.50 Desert Sunrise, 7.20 Bouyrin, 7.50 Woza Moya, 8.20 Bin Singspiel, 8.50 Aragorn Rouge, 9.20 Queen Of Skies.
DOUBLE: Aerial and Vasco Du Ronceray.
Aerial can end Paul Nicholls' Paddy Power Gold Cup hoodoo and give the champion trainer a first success in the Cheltenham feature.
It is amazing that this Grade Three prize has so far eluded the Ditcheat handler given his overstocked trophy room, but he has gone close on more than one occasion.
Indeed, Aerial ran a cracker to finish fourth at odds of 33-1 last term and he is worth another shot after what proved to be a fruitful season.
The six-year-old was having just his third run for Nicholls that day and a couple of jumping errors cost him dearly before he stayed on at just the one pace.
He went on to win at Ascot and Newbury, with those victories punctuated by a fair fourth behind subsequent Gold Cup runner-up The Giant Bolster at Cheltenham in January.
Aerial was just run out of it in the finish on his final outing of the year in a Grade Two at Prestbury Park but being a relatively young horse, further progress can surely be expected.
He races off a mark of 155 this time as opposed to 144 last year but the presence of stablemate Poquelin at the top of the handicap means he is still on a reasonable racing weight and is available at a generous price again.
Vasco Du Ronceray made an impressive bow for Nicky Henderson when winning at Hereford at the beginning of the month and can follow up in the JCB Triumph Hurdle Trial.
The three-year-old won one of his three bumper starts in his native France before being snapped up by the Henderson team.
He duly made his British debut in a moderate juvenile affair, easily accounting for Cool Hand Luke by 32 lengths after making his move some way out.
Hailing from the family of the top-class Gloria Victis, Vasco Du Ronceray is evidently a horse of real potential and can lay down an early marker for March.
Nigel Twiston-Davies had high hopes for Viking Blond last autumn but he lost his way a bit after being pulled up when sent off favourite for the Welsh National.
The Chepstow marathon was a tough ask for a novice and perhaps the experience left its mark as Viking Blond was well beaten at Ascot on his next start before crashing out at the first in the Grand National itself.
Two more runs yielded little encouragement but freshened up after his summer break, Viking Blond turned in a creditable performance when second over hurdles here last month.
Rated 140 at his best, the seven-year-old now races off 132 so he could have something to give if back on form.
Meetings Man is also worth a chance in the totescoop6 Handicap Hurdle at Wetherby, while Noble Legend is one to note in Uttoxeter's Ringwood Old Thumper Handicap Chase.
Lingfield stage some decent Flat action with Farraaj an interesting contender as he returns from a lengthy lay off in the Listed Blue Square Bet Churchill Stakes.
He was a very decent juvenile last term, winning twice as well as finishing third in Grade One company in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf.
Pitched into an Italian Group Three on his return in April, Roger Varian's charge was hardly disgraced in finishing third behind a couple of local runners but things have obviously not gone to plan since.
Off the track since then, Varian clearly felt the Dubai Destination gelding was worth persevering with and that patience can pay off.
Hezmah was a bit too keen when finishing sixth at Newmarket last time but has sound claims for the Blue Square Bet Golden Rose Stakes.
Wins at Yarmouth and Headquarters prompted John Gosden to raise her sights to Listed level but she was run out it in the finish, eventually finishing just under three lengths adrift of the winner.
She looks capable of making her mark at this level and can make use of her fillies' advantage.
At Wolverhampton, Bin Singspiel is the one to be on in the British Stallion Studs Supporting British Racing EBF Maiden Stakes.