13:50 Cheltenham Sat 17 November 2018
2015 Cheltenham Gold Cup winner has only raced five times since having been besieged by problems. Pulled up in both races last season and injured again after latest of them. Long layoff since and has to be considered a risky proposition now.
Five-time winner over fences including twice this summer at Aintree and Uttoxeter. Not disgraced latest behind high class Definitly Red in Charlie Hall at Wetherby but suspect handicap mark high enough now.
Winner of this last year but couldn't land a blow in three subsequent starts with season culminating in a fall at the first in the Grand National. Well beaten on return here last month and looks up against it now in repeat bid.
Dual Scottish National hero came up short in his bid for an unprecedented hat-trick (fifth) when last seen. Second in this last year and 1lb lower now on arguably more suitable ground. Compelling each way claims.
Second although well beaten in valuable bet365 Gold Cup at Sandown (3m5f) to end last season before shade disappointing in recent return at Chepstow when sixth of 12. Could come on plenty for that and handicap mark very workable.
Always threatened to land a big handicap and beaten a short-head on final start of last season. Beaten same margin in 2017 festival handicap too. Relishes big fields and quick ground so big chance once again if delivered very late.
Pulled up in four of his last seven starts including when last seen in bet365 Gold Cup at Sandown (Rock The Kasbah second). Back to last winning mark but has to be rated a very risky proposition.
Dual chase winner campaigned over hurdles last season, winning four times. Not disgraced on return here when fourth of 16 latest beaten 16L. Won previously longest career race (3m2f) so trip here could be right up his street; respected.
Won three times last season in testing conditions but ended season in disappointment when pulled-up at Punchestown. Stays well and seems an improving sort but the ground here is a worry.
Not the most prolific over fences but twice won here and again showed liking for the course when second beaten a neck on reappearance last month. Ground in his favour but often saved best form for first time out in the past.
Career highlight came when winning 2017 Eider Chase over an extended 4m at Newcastle. Ran just twice last season finishing pulled up before third (of three finishers) beaten over 100L at Haydock. Plenty to prove now.
Failed to complete in two of his three starts last season but ran well enough when last seen at Perth in the summer as he stayed on into third over 3m. This trip probably close to ideal so has each-way potential off low weight.
Lightly raced over fences but registered a career best at Carlisle last month when cruising to success over 3m2f. Upped 11lb for that success but looks one to stay on the right side of at present so rates a leading contender here.
Won just once over fences and that on heavy ground but finished second over 3m1½f on good ground to end last season. Should stay this longer trip so claims if ready first time out.
Stamina very much his forte as shown when he plugged on into fourth in the Scottish National to end last season. Beaten out of sight here on return in a race Cogry was second in so big turnaround now needed.
Last Year's Winner
|T: F O'BrienJ: P J Brennan|
Singlefarmpayment (11/2), Cogry (13/2), Vicente (13/2), Calett Mad (7/1), The Young Master (7/1), Rock The Kasbah (9/1), Coneygree (12/1), Royal Vacation (14/1), Sharp Response (14/1), Looking Well (14/1), Doing Fine (16/1), Virgilio (20/1), Perfect Candidate (20/1), Daklondike (20/1), Pure Vision (25/1), Mysteree (40/1)
- Sharp Response
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