In with the New
Sky Bet's Racing PR manager Michael Shinners with his notes from Monday's stable trip to Nigel Twiston-Davies'.
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Gold Cup: Imperial Commander Twister still has high hopes for him and was thrilled with his last run when he wasn't 100% fit. He feels that he still retains his old sparkle and should not be dismissed.
Neptune: The New One He has won the Neptune twice in 1993 and 2004 and rates this horse better than the pair of them. Still progressive, he feels that the ground was his undoing at Cheltenham on trials day and rates him his best chance.
Albert Bartlett: African Gold Just keeps improving and he has resisted the handicap route for the Albert Bartlett. It's interesting that he is prepared to go up against At Fishers Cross again, who beat The New One last time out.
Pertemps: According To Trev Is a horse he feels will improve for better ground and that the Pertemps could suit him. He beat the well regarded Our Vinnie back in October and although slightly disappointing since, he looks like a lively one for the Pertemps.
Pulteney Land Novices' Chase: The Cockney Mackem Was an excellent second to Salut Flo is last year's Festival. He had a serious colic problem at the start of the season which severely interrupted preparations. However, an encouraging run over hurdles suggests he is back to somewhere near last year's form and he goes for the Centenary Novice Chase which he qualifies for as he has yet to win a race over fences.
Coral Cup: Master Of The Sea Is still improving and think would have a huge chance in Coral Cup. Has crept up the handicap but thinks there is still more to come.
*Nigel also has a number of Cheltenham regulars running including Kayf Aramis and Pigeon Island who are both well handicapped if coming back to their best form.