14:30 Cheltenham Fri 14 December 2018
- CF Roberts 25 Years Of Sponsorship Handicap Chase (Grade 3) (Class 1)
- 3m 2f,
- 9 Runners
- Surface: Turf
Very smart stayer who was impressive when winning here at the Open Meeting last month. Slightly surprising he's not trying to preserve his mark for a bid at the Grand National but expected to go well with just 6lb more here.
Won at Exeter last year before landing the Ultima Grade 3 contest here at the Festival. Has disappointed on his two starts this campaign and probably wants the ground softer than what he will get here.
Produced a good fourth here on seasonal return and unlucky not to have won a race since landing a novice chase at this meeting in 2016, placed at the Festival in 2017. Expected to go well again with the chance he will come on for his latest run.
Looked progressive last season and returned with a respectable effort when fourth of 12 at Bangor last month. Has his first career start at this course and on a workable mark but Johnson prefers Rock The Kasbah.
Highly promising individual who has won seven of his 13 starts including a win on the hurdles course here. Entitled to have needed the run on return at Wincanton having missed all of last season and not ruled out here.
Course winner who was only narrowly denied on his return to action at this course in October. Tends to struggle a little off this mark though, as seen when sixth of 15 here last month, and others preferred this time.
Enjoyed a productive 2016/17 season before eventually finishing a fair six of 18 at the 2017 Festival. Fell on his first run since that start at Bangor last month and perhaps best watched for now.
Game mare who has just one win from 16 races but she's finished in the first three on all seven of her chase starts and she probably went a shade too quick on return here last time. Leading claims off the same mark.
Hasn't won since winning here in April 2017 and well beaten in two starts here this year. Still above his last winning mark and opposable at present.
Last Year's Winner
|T: C L TizzardJ: R M Power|
Theatre Territory (3/1), Rock The Kasbah (9/2), Singlefarmpayment (6/1), Coo Star Sivola (6/1), Kerrow (7/1), El Bandit (8/1), Doing Fine (11/1), Cogry (11/1), Rolling Dylan (16/1)
- Rock The Kasbah
- Theatre Territory
Next Race Off
Theatre Territory is backed to finally come good over fences by Simon Holt, who has two tips for day one of the International meeting at Cheltenham.
Matt Brocklebank is in the Sporting Life Daily Nap hotseat on Friday and he's heading to Cheltenham's December meeting where he thinks he's found one.
Anita Chambers is backing Lil Rockerfeller to continue his progress over fences at Cheltenham - she has a tip for every race on every card.