14:05 Cheltenham Wed 17 April 2019
Fast-improving hurdler, did well to overcome a double penalty at Newbury last time, his slick jumping (apart from the last) keeping his rivals at bay. May encounter slightly quicker ground here but no saying how far he can climb the grading ladder.
Winner of four of his last five and very impressive when destroying the useful Capitaine at Taunton last time out. If that form is taken at face value he's a great chance here, but possible that flatters him slightly. Chances nevertheless.
Getting the hang of it with every run he has, impressive when beating previous winner Rapper at Ludlow last time and looks ready for this step up in grade. Clearly stays well and quicker ground wouldn't be an issue.
Fourth in a very competitive handicap at Sandown last time out, staying on well after the last and should find the final hill here no issue. Needs another step forward form-wise but with top yard and that can't be ruled out.
Looked to be in for a good season when winning twice last autumn but despite facing some stiff tasks, it would be hard to say he's progressed much in the meantime. Worth a try at this trip but overall, has a bit to prove now.
Won a little point-to-point at Corbeigh House in December and has joined an up-and-coming yard, but looks to be biting plenty off on rules debut today. Best watched.
Better effort last time when second at Doncaster (despite racing keenly) but that stil leaves him some way short of what's required here. Gets plenty of weight as a 3yo but even that isn't enough to bring him into it on form.
Last Year's Winner
|Diese Des Bieffes||5||11-4||5/2|
|T: N J HendersonJ: N D Fehily|
Dashel Drasher (15/8), Cotswold Way (11/4), Mill Green (9/2), Dr Sanderson (9/2), Ask Dillon (11/2), Thistle Do Nicely (11/1), Cotswold Prince (50/1), Buzz De Turcoing (100/1)
- Dr Sanderson
- Dashel Drasher
- Cotswold Way
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