16:00 Taunton Mon 11 March 2019
- William Hill Best Odds Guaranteed At Cheltenham Handicap Chase (Class 3)
- 3m 4f 85y, Good to Soft (Soft in places)
- 8 Runners
- Surface: Turf
Just 1lb above his last winning mark but faces no easy task on these terms even though the trip and ground should suit. (Gets on equally as well with today's rider as he does Richard Johnson, who sits out the chases with the Festival looming.)
Won this corresponding race last year but has 8lb more on his back to contend with on this occasion - used this as a stepping stone to success in the Midlands National in 2018. Has to make the shortlist once more even though this is a tough ask.
Has a course win to his name but the last calendar year has been punctuated with a couple of long absences. Wears cheekpieces for the first time but also attempting to push his stamina further than ever before, so has a bit to prove.
Usually consistent but was pulled up latest and has a bit to prove regarding his stamina over this marathon trip. (Stiff test as he races from 1lb higher than his last start even though he failed to complete.)
Won from a 1lb lower mark at Exeter in January and was far from disgraced when fourth in the Devon National back at the same track last month. No stamina queries and likely to go well; should be on the premises granted a clear round.
A consistent sort whose form figures read well. Was turned over at odds of 1/3 in a hunters chase last time out though and his limitations are exposed. Needs a lot to go his way in this stiffer company.
Returned in good form this season and has won his last two starts with a little in hand. An 8lb higher mark leaves the gelding needing to post a career best effort though.
Races from 11lb below his last winning mark so has a reasonable chance at the weights; but been out of form and has plenty to prove after failing to complete on his return from a break. Others appear to hold much stronger claims.
Last Year's Winner
|T: R H BucklerJ: Sean Houlihan|
Achille (3/1), Samuel Jackson (4/1), Rolling Dylan (11/2), Lovely Job (11/2), Unioniste (6/1), Pobbles Bay (8/1), Like The Sound (9/1), Regal Flow (16/1)
- Rolling Dylan
- Samuel Jackson
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