13:50 Sandown Sat 7 December 2019
- Read Road To Cheltenham At racingtv.com Henry VIII Novices' Chase (Grade 1) (Class 1)
- 1m 7f 119y, Soft (Good to Soft in places)
- 6 Runners
- Surface: Turf
Built upon promising runner-up effort at Carlisle (2m; good to soft) when going one better at Exeter (2m3f; soft) last month. Did that well enough in beating a 139-rated rival. This is a step up in class but he could go well at a price.
Pushed the exciting Champion Hurdle contender Fusil Raffles in the Elite Hurdle at Wincanton (1m7f; good to soft) last time. Pitched into the deep end on chasing bow, but likely to be bang there given the level of ability he showed over hurdles.
Strong traveller who followed up impressive chasing debut success at Warwick (2m; good) when making light work of short price favouritism (2/5f) at Fakenham (2m; good). Dangerous if allowed to lead around a track which will play to his strengths.
Talented sort but was a distant third on seasonal/chasing debut behind Sam Spinner (1st) & Beakstown (2nd) at Wetherby (2m3f; good to soft) in October. Interesting that stable send him here, but on form he looks to be up against it.
Last year was a washout, but he got his act together on seasonal/chasing debut at Uttoxeter (2m; soft) to beat both First Flow & Western Ryder. Won going away then, and likely to give it his all despite having to concede 6lb to Torpillo.
Bounced back from Cheltenham (2m; heavy) disappointment to beat a good field including Mister Fisher & Lisp on his chase debut at Warwick (2m; soft). That form has recently been franked & he receives a handy weight-for-age allowance.
Last Year's Winner
|T: P F NichollsJ: H Cobden|
Torpillo (13/8), Summerville Boy (11/4), Nube Negra (9/2), Grand Sancy (9/2), Esprit Du Large (14/1), Beakstown (25/1), Return Ticket (33/1)
- Grand Sancy
- Nube Negra
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