View from connections ahead of the Betfred Mobile Sports Challow Novices' Hurdle at Newbury on Saturday.
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Recent Sandown winner Taquin Du Seuil faces a major test of his credentials at Newbury on Saturday with the highly-regarded Clondaw Kaempfer among the six-strong field for the Betfred Mobile Sports Challow Novices' Hurdle.
Taquin Du Seuil has done well since arriving at Jonjo O'Neill's stable from France, making a successful debut at Uttoxeter before chasing home the smart My Tent Or Yours at Ascot.
Most recently, he cruised six lengths clear in Sandown's Grade Two Winter Novices' Hurdle.
Opposition looks stiff, as Clondaw Kaempfer is unbeaten under Rules both in Ireland and Britain, looking an impressive prospect for Donald McCain at Aintree and Haydock.
Paul Nicholls, who won the race a few years ago with no less a horse than Denman, sends Easter Day for the Grade One contest, who is also unbeaten in a pair of novice hurdles at Fontwell and Ascot.
Easter Day runs in the blue and orange colours of Barry Fulton, whose best known horse was the late multiple Grade One-winning two-mile chaser Twist Magic.
Fulton is involved in a handful of horses with Nicholls, such as the useful Aerial, and owns Easter Day with another friend, Michael Broughton.
"At the moment, we're just pleased they are racing," said Fulton.
"He settles very well and has won in soft ground. After the way he won his last two races, when I spoke to Paul he felt it was worth a try in the Challow.
"It's a big jump up, but he should go well and we'll find out if he's good enough. Mind you, with so few runners, everyone is going to be confident!"
Anthony Honeyball's tough Ballybough Pat, second in a Grade Two and most recently a good Newbury handicap, takes his chance.
He started his season off by winning at Carlisle before taking the runner-up spot behind Nicholls' bright prospect Wonderful Charm in the Persian War at Chepstow.
He was sent off the favourite over three miles in a Pertemps qualifier at Newbury and only came up short against old timer Fair Along.
"Certainly on ratings and his run in the Pertemps, he deserves to take his chance," said Honeyball.
"I thought Jonjo O'Neill's horse might be the one to beat on his run at Sandown, although we don't know how good that form is.
"He's stepping back in trip, but the good thing is that the ground is going to be heavy, and he won't mind that a bit.
"It will be more like a three-mile race, and you're going to need to stay every yard of it, which we know he can do."
Brennan, who is based in Lambourn, has not trained many better than outsider Lucky Vic in his three years with a licence.
The gelding is set to be reunited with Sam Twiston-Davies, who partnered him to victory on his most recent appearance at Ffos Las back in June.
Brennan said: "He's a three-miler and it's going to be very testing at Newbury.
"We know we're up against it, but he's only going to be a novice for one season and he's a lovely horse, so why not?
"We gave him a break after Ffos Las, he has had a few issues but he is in great form at home and Sam gets on well with him. Hopefully he'll start novice chasing next season."
Completing the line-up is Awaywiththegreys, who represents a past Challow winning trainer in Peter Bowen (Souffleur).
Among those not declared were Grands Crus' brother Gevrey Chambertin.
Taquin Du Seuil runs in the colours of Martin Broughton and friends, and O'Neill said: "He's in good old form and won well the last day," said O'Neill.
"It was soft enough at Sandown, so the ground should suit, but this looks a good contest."