14:25 Cheltenham Sat 17 November 2018
Prolific novice in 2016/17 winning six times. Won just once last term but that over 2m4f here (heavy) . Started this campaign with success at Aintree over 2m4f on good ground so conditions should suit. 3lb higher in tougher race but not ruled out.
Enjoyed a fine novice campaign winning three times culminating in festival success over C&D where he narrowly defeated Rather Be. Impressive return at Carlisle latest and despite being worse off now with rival he remains on the up.
Missed all of 2017 so did really well to win on his return to action at Uttoxeter before rallying to finish second behind Frodon at Aintree. 2lb better off for 1¼L defeat but rival may strip fitter so reversal less than likely. Handles all ground.
Won two of first three over fences (unseated in the other) before chasing home Mister Whitaker at the festival where he was only beaten a head. 9lb better off with that rival this time so ought to reverse placings and handles all ground it seems.
Won twice last season including here and again showed liking for the course when a close third to Traffic Fluide who recently boosted the form. Closing third when falling two out at Galway in the summer and arrives here off very handy mark.
Useful novice in 2016/17 where he was second in a Sandown Grade One and at the festival. Missed all of last season but made excellent return when second at Carlisle leading until 100 yards out. Fitter now and realistic possibilities here.
C&D winner over fences and hurdles kept busy this summer winning at Worcester over 2m7f penultimately before a respectable fifth in Kerry National. Lesser effort here latest however over 3m1f and others have more handicap potential.
Won twice last season but then twice outclassed in Grade Ones before pulling up in 4m Scottish National. Good third on return when possibly not quite lasting 3m1f here and more realistic claims over this trip.
25/1 winner of this race last year and again showed liking for this track when second at the festival. Only midfield on return but that was the case coming into this last year so merits respect although faster ground and 7lb higher this time around.
Won three small field novice chases last year and placed in other four starts. Continued her record of never being out the first three over fences when second to Mister Whitaker on return at Carlisle. Each-way possibilities but big field a doubt.
Yet to win over fences although ran some decent races here last season including third to Kalondra before pulling up at the festival. Unseated rider on return but suspicion he is well handicapped although this tough ask to win first chase.
Pipe team have a remarkable record in this race with father and son winning it nine times between them. Not beaten far at the festival last year before disappointing at Aintree but was high class over hurdles in France and is highly respected here.
Beaten 12½L into fifth in this race a year ago and couldn't improve on that in three subsequent races. Well beaten fourth and remote third so far this term but now 2lb below last winning mark. Not ruled out but a risky proposition at present.
2016 festival bumper winner not appeared a natural over fences so far winning just once and that in workmanlike fashion. Pulled-up at the festival and only third of five on return at Wetherby. Others make more appeal.
Midfield in this last year but then won valuable Caspian Caviar Gold Cup here next. Couldn't build on that however although not disgraced. Second recently but that after a flat run so may not come on for it as much as is required.
Looked one to follow when winning in determined fashion at Newbury to start last season but couldn't build on that in next two starts. Recent second at Wetherby on stable debut a step in the right direction and one of the more live outsiders.
Dual winner last season but came unstuck subsequently at Cheltenham and Aintree festivals and similar struggle on return back at Aintree. Best form on heavy ground and looks stable second string here.
Second on chase debut followed by 2m5½f win at Market Rasen and dead-heated there next in a successful summer campaign. Ground looks in his favour here but sizable hike in class and likely to struggle now.
Last Year's Winner
|Splash of Ginge||9||10-6||25/1|
|T: N A Twiston-DaviesJ: Thomas Bellamy|
Mister Whitaker (6/1), Kalondra (13/2), Rather Be (7/1), Baron Alco (8/1), West Approach (9/1), Movewiththetimes (10/1), Guitar Pete (12/1), King's Socks (12/1), Ballyandy (12/1), Benatar (12/1), Frodon (16/1), Romain De Senam (16/1), Splash of Ginge (20/1), Javert (25/1), Happy Diva (25/1), Shantou Village (33/1), Geordie Des Champs (33/1), Whoshotwho (33/1), Willie Boy (33/1), Eamon An Cnoic (50/1)
- Baron Alco
- Rather Be
- Mister Whitaker
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