Sivola can deliver
Man On The Spot previews all of the action from Friday's meeting at Cheltenham.
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12.15 Shloer Novices' Chase
Hildisvini hasn't done a great deal wrong so far this season, winning twice at Huntingdon, though this is easily his toughest task to date over fences conceding weight all round. Broadbackbob also looks a nice prospect having won on his chasing bow at Plumpton, though more is needed here.
Forgotten Gold was only third behind Hildisvini in October but got off the mark at Aintree next time. He may not be suited by the drop back in distance here, however, while Rebel Rebellion was put in his place by Captain Conan and others here last time but will appreciate the extra.
SUPER DUTY has been a little novicey so far but is learning with experience and, getting weight from the four previous winners, can finally get off the mark over the larger obstacles today if jumping a little better.
12.45 Caspian Caviar Conditional Jockeys' Handicap Chase
Towcester winner Simply Wings appears to be improving and has a very accomplished conditional on board.
He shouldn't be far away while Plein Pouvoir is back over his best trip and Lexicon Lad usually makes the frame. Upthemsteps should strip fitter for his fourth at Bangor while Sound Stage is starting to look well treated and The Big Freeze won a novices' handicap at Exeter last week, though carries a penalty for that success.
He's still preferred to stablemate Qoubilai, however, and Red Rouble must go on the short-list having scraped home at Leicester last month. VALLEY VIEW ran in snatches on his reappearance at Carlisle but did enough to suggest he should enjoy another successful season and Jonjo O'Neill's gelding, who beat Rebecca's Choice at Exeter a year ago, could represent a bit of value in this competitive heat.
13.20 CF Roberts Electrical Mechanical Services Handicap Hurdle
Dark Lover wasn't beaten far in a Grade 3 handicap over C&D last month. A winner here on his reappearance, Paul Nicholls' seven-year-old may still be on a decent mark and should be thereabouts again.
Tim Vaughan runs three with a 10lb claimer Jason Kiely on board the tough Hawkhill, though the top weight has already had a busy campaign. Sandown second Gallox Bridge may be more of a danger today. Turn Over Sivola makes his handicap debut having easily landed the odds at Plumpton last month while Open Day comes here off the back of a win at Leicester, though is 7lb higher now.
Nicky Henderson runs Top Of The Range and the four-year-old TOM DU LYS and with Barry Geraghty taking the ride on the latter it's safe to assume he's the stable's first choice. A winner twice in his native France last year, he was well beaten on his UK debut in the spring but was probably still acclimatising and should be a different proposition now. He gets the nod though Nampour is well treated if getting back to anywhere near his best.
13.55 Majordomo Hospitality Handicap Chase
QUARTZ DE THAIX steps up in grade after back-to-back wins at Bangor and Haydock but appears on the upgrade and a hat-trick is a distinct possibility here as he is getting almost a stone from course specialist Midnight Chase, who has the beating of the disappointing Planet Of Sound on their run together in the Charlie Hall at Wetherby.
Saint Are was an early faller in the Hennessy and his jumping will again be put under pressure around here while Master Overseer was pulled up on his reappearance at Haydock and, though certain to strip fitter now, is one of three carrying more than their allotted weight. Bradley is 5lb higher than when a close second here last month but Irish raider Becauseicouldntsee has claims if building on his third at Thurles.
14.30 Glenfarclas Cross Country Handicap Chase
Uncle Junior usually knows his way around here but was among several who took the wrong course in this 12 months ago. He had Outlaw Pete, Another Jewel, Wedger Pardy and Double Dizzy behind when winning easily over C&D four weeks ago, however, and is unlikely to be far away again.
The top weight makes more appeal than stablemate Shakervilz. Veteran A New Story may not be the force of old while Maljimar has never had much luck over these obstacles and Arabella Boy may struggle to confirm Punchestown running with BOSTONS ANGEL, despite re-opposing on better terms. That race was the first time Jessica Harrington's classy eight-year-old had tackled cross-country fences and he'll know more today.
15.05 Citipost Handicap Hurdle
Medinas has been knocking on the door and had Cockney Trucker behind when chasing home Fox Appeal at Kempton last month. At Fishers Cross had to go on the short-list after wins at Ffos Las and Newbury, though has his stamina to prove over this longer trip, while Inish Island won at Downpatrick last time and is lightly-raced.
Counting House had Destroyer Deployed behind at Newbury two weeks ago and First Fandango is back over hurdles after winning over fences at Fakenham but may have a few pounds too much.
SIVOLA DE SIVOLA was very well backed in a Grade 3 at Haydock last month but weakened from the last having looked the likely winner turning from home. Paddy Brennan will need to keep him covered up here but he has the ability to win this if getting the run of the race. Saint Roque was closing on the leaders when brought down over a shorter trip here last time and could also figure off a low weight.
15.40 British Stallion Studs Pyments Quantity Surveyors E.B.F. 'National Hunt' Novices' Hurdle
A very interesting finale can go to the unexposed MELODIC RENDEZVOUS, who may have come against a smart prospect when beaten on his hurdles bow at Exeter and gets 6lb here from the well-regarded Eduard and Southwell winner Imperial Leader.
Valdez also has a penalty after getting off the mark at Huntingdon while this looks a big ask for ex-pointer Royal Boy following a lengthy absence. Mr Watson should improve on his fourth at Market Rasen, however, and Village Vic is probably better than he showed here last time though you'd expect a few of these to have more speed than Philip Hobbs' charge over this trip.