13:55 Cheltenham Sat 15 December 2018
Consistent and genuine performer who ran as well as ever to chase home Baron Alco in the BetVictor Gold Cup at this track last month. Better off at the weights with that rival, but his own 3lb rise sets him a severe test.
Gained just reward for a series of fine efforts when fending off Frodon in the BetVictor Gold Cup at this course last month. Not certain to confirm those placings on 3lb worse terms and his 6lb rise makes life tough in relation to his other rivals.
Still going great guns and looking sure to be involved in the finish when brought down four fences from home in the BetVictor Gold Cup. On the same mark and looks likely to be thereabouts if his confidence has not been affected.
Off the mark at the ninth attempt over fences when scoring decisively at Aintree last month. Up 10lb, but travelled like a good horse that day and there may be plenty more to come.
Narrow winner at Stratford last month, but was well held in fourth behind Mr Medic in his only subsequent run at Ascot. Runs off the same mark which leaves little room for manoeuvre.
Five wins from eight races over fences is a fine strike rate and he confirmed his well being when returning from an 11-month absence to score at Ascot last month. Has to handle a 9lb rise, but is a solid performer who has sound each-way claims.
Consistent sort who has performed creditably since coming over from France. Tough ask first time out, but respected trainer is starting to hit form and he is a young horse with improvement in him.
Second-season chaser who generally jumps well and was just touched off over 3m at Market Rasen last time. Should be happier down in trip and handicapper has dropped her 2lb.
Winning reappearance at Wetherby, but fell at the sixth fence when tackling the Grand National fences at Aintree last weekend. Not totally exposed and is dangerous to write off if all is well after his tumble.
Unseated rider at the first behind Baron Alco last time. Finished a long way behind War Sound on his previous start so has plenty to find.
Bold-jumping frontrunner who possibly found 2m on the short side when third on his reappearance at this track. Can do better back at this trip and looks a lively outsider.
Winner of this race a year ago and confirmed his liking for this venue when third to Frodon and Baron Alco in the BetVictor Gold Cup. Has a pull in the weights with both those rivals so has to enter calculations.
Last Year's Winner
|T: N G RichardsJ: Ryan Day|
Rather Be (7/2), Baron Alco (5/1), Guitar Pete (13/2), Frodon (7/1), War Sound (7/1), Cepage (12/1), Mr Medic (12/1), Romain De Senam (12/1), Foxtail Hill (14/1), Casablanca Mix (14/1), Full Glass (14/1), Catamaran Du Seuil (20/1), Cobra De Mai (20/1), Splash of Ginge (20/1), Casse Tete (33/1)
- Foxtail Hill
- War Sound
- Rather Be
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