15:00 Newbury Sat 10 February 2018
Much-anticipated comeback for last season's impressive Arkle winner, unbeaten over jumps to date. Won this contest as he pleased a year ago, comes here having had return delayed by wind surgery. Sets lofty standard if near his best.
Much-improved this term and is three-from-three so far. Proved his Grade 1 Tingle Creek win was no fluke with smooth victory in the Desert Orchid Chase at Kempton over Christmas. Trainer thinks the world of him and he is race-fit.
A smart novice chaser three seasons ago, last seen falling when going well in a handicap at Chepstow in October 2014. Absent for 1204 days, he'd have 20lb to find with this pair on best form and surely has a support role to play barring accidents.
Last Year's Winner
|T: N J HendersonJ: Nico de Boinville|
Altior (1/3), Politologue (5/2), Valdez (25/1)
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