17:30 Cheltenham Thu 14 March 2019
- Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup Amateur Riders' Handicap Chase (Class 2)
- 3m 2f, Good to Soft (soft in places)
- 23 Runners
- Surface: Turf
Put a disappointing effort on seasonal debut behind him when finishing runner-up in a valuable 2m5f handicap chase at Leopardstown (good) early last month. Represents a top stable and strong claims under a leading amateur rider.
Finished fifth in a competitive handicap chase over an extended 3m at Leopardstown (good) in December. Good 4L third in a 3m Grade 2 novice chase at Navan (yielding) last time out and a leading contender on return to handicaps.
Winner of his first two starts this season including over 3m1f on good ground here in November. Pulled up in the Ladbrokes Trophy at Newbury subsequently and returns from a break with regular pilot in the saddle once more.
Dual winner over fences including in a three runner mares contest over 2m4f at Carlisle (heavy) in December. Pulled up at Newbury subsequently and looks up against it on handicap debut.
Promising fourth in a 3m handicap chase at Ascot (good-to-soft) last time out. Races off a mark 11lb higher than for his most recent success however and likely more needed if he is to register a victory in this event.
Improved on previous efforts this season when finishing 13L third to a subsequent winner in a handicap chase over an extended 3m2f here in January. Likely more needed if he is to take this contest however.
Made a winning debut for this stable when successful by a neck in a 3m handicap chase at Ludlow (good) last time out. Open to improvement on just his fourth chase start and market support would be notable with useful amateur booked to ride.
Winner of a competitive 2m5f handicap chase at Leopardstown (good) in December and finished a good third there subsequently. Notable runner stepping up in trip for a stable with a 29% strike-rate (2/7) in the last two weeks.
Some decent form last season but has failed to finish on two of his last three starts most recently when unseating over an extended 3m4f at Punchestown (good-to-yielding) last month. Needs to return to form to figure in this event.
Three time winner over hurdles during 2016/17 season but failed to figure in three starts over fences including when 16L fifth at Ffos Las (2m5f, good-to-soft) in October. Returning from a break and likely capable of better now tackling handicaps.
Failed to finish on four of his last five starts most recently when falling in first time blinkers (absent here) over an extended 3m at Leopardstown (good) in December. Changed yards since but others make more appeal.
Graded novice chase winner back in 2016 and returned from a lengthy absence when a good third on debut for this yard in a chase over an extended 2m7f at Fairyhouse (good-to-yielding) last month. Leading amateur jockey booked to ride for top stable.
Finished runner-up in a handicap chase over an extended 3m1f at Ludlow (good-to-soft) on his penultimate start and ran a fair race when 17L fourth over 3m there subsequently. however this looks a much more competitive contest.
Irish Grand National winner three years ago and registered his only success since when victorious at Kilbeggan (3m1f, good) on stable debut last July. Fair efforts in defeat in valuable handicaps since and may surprise a few better fancied rivals.
Winner of two of his three starts this campaign including by a head over 3m at Exeter (good) in November. Good second on only subsequent outing and is an interesting runner stepping up in distance on his return from a break.
Off the mark at the sixth attempt over fences when winning over 3m at Navan (yielding) in January. Unseated early on when making his handicap debut at Haydock (good) the following month and others have more obvious claims in this event.
Finished runner-up the last twice most recently when beaten 4L in a Grade 3 handicap chase at Wetherby (3m, good-to-soft) in December. Returning from a break here and has a useful amateur booked to ride for a top stable.
Dual chase winner most recently in a 3m handicap event on good ground at Doncaster in December. Given a break since then and interesting to see how she fares following a 5lb rise in the weights.
Placed twice from four starts over fences but was a faller in an amateur riders contest here in November. Decent fourth in a novices' handicap at Exeter (3m, good-to-soft) last time out and stable took this race in 2012.
Placed twice since winner over an extended 3m1f at Plumpton (soft) in January but finished well held at Ludlow last time out. Vulnerable to less exposed rivals but stable no strangers to big priced Festival winners.
Registered his third victory over fences when winning by a short-head in a 2m7f handicap contest at Taunton (soft) early last month. Raised 4lb for that success and remains open to improvement with a leading amateur in the saddle.
Fell on his most recent chase start and returned from a break with a promising 8L third in a 3m handicap hurdle at Punchestown (good-to-yielding) last month. Hails from a top yard and is one to note on his return to fences.
Held in a handicap chase at Naas (2m, good-to-yielding) in January and struggled when beaten 12L in a handicap hurdle over 3m at Punchestown (good-to-yielding) subsequently. More needed returning to fences and stepping up in trip.
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