12:40 Cheltenham Fri 16 November 2018
Only seen four times last seen, though did win over 3m at Ascot. Possibly had excuses when pulled up when last seen and has won when fresh; can't be ruled out.
Sole win over fences came at Sandown in 2017. Has run okay in defeat here on his last two runs, sixth at the Festival before a respectable fifth of 16 in April but may prove vulnerable from this mark, particularly on seasonal return. Up in trip.
Won three races in 2017 before a respectable effort when fourth of 13 in April. Shaped well on his return at Chepstow and versatile with regards ground so should run well for a yard in good form.
Course winner who bounced back to form with a win at Chepstow last month under this rider and only 5lb higher for that success here. Well-handicapped on old form and expected to run well again.
Has made an encouraging start to life over fences with a pair of second placed efforts. Up 3lb for his latest run when a beaten favourite but less exposed than most and ought to be thereabouts if he cuts out the mistakes.
Not beaten far on Uttoxeter chase debut last time out and shaped like he would appreciate this step up in trip. 3lb rise certainly looks fair for that effort and rates as the type to excel over fences.
Pulled up here on trials day and then again next time but signed off the campaign with a win at Newbury. 5lb higher for that and still feasibly handicapped on old form so can't be ruled out if ready to go on return.
Losing run stretches back to successive hurdles wins back in 2015. Ran well on his seasonal return here last month and dropped another 2lb for that. Each-way claims with Derek O'Connor on board.
Jumping has let him down on his more recent starts and probably better on softer ground than what is likely here. Others make more appeal.
Has run well on both his starts at this course, most recently when third of 19 in another amateur riders event last month. Followed up with a placed effort at Down Royal and while perhaps a shade vulnerable for win purposes, he ought to run well.
Yet to win in eight starts over fences and looks likely to struggle here in his toughest test to date.
Last Year's Winner
|What A Moment||7||11-10||11/1|
|T: D PipeJ: Mr R O Harding|
Station Master (7/2), For Good Measure (4/1), The Young Master (9/2), Sky Pirate (11/2), Lovely Job (7/1), Jameson (12/1), Bally Longford (20/1), Presenting Julio (20/1), Walk In The Mill (25/1), Bosco Di Alco (33/1), Bearly Legal (125/1)
- Lovely Job
- The Young Master
- For Good Measure
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