Front runner who appreciates better ground, as evident in his impressive victory in the Grade 1 Maghull Novices’ Chase at Aintree in 2013, with Sire De Grugy 25 lengths behind. Same trainer as Sizing Europe and was a staying on third over C&D in November. Will enjoy conditions.
Arkle winner in 2010, who has been 1st, 2nd and 2nd in the three subsequent Champion Chase renewals. A top class chaser, who has won 15 races over fences, including six Grade 1’s. Excels on good ground and loves Cheltenham. Has everything in his favour to run a great race.
Second season chaser, who has won 4 of his 6 starts over fences. Third on his seasonal debut, 7 lengths behind Sire De Grugy, however, defeated the same horse over course and distance last season, as well giving weight and a beating to Hinterland in the Grade Henry VIII. Must have massive chances.
Came to prominence when second to Sizing Europe in the Arkle and surprisingly, has just the one Grade 1 victory on his CV. Has ran in all the biggest races and as evident in the Haldon Gold Cup, is top class chaser. Second to Sire De Grugy at Sandown and could reverse that form on a track he enjoys.
Signed off his novice campaign in sparkling fashion, when winning the Celebration Chase. Started this season with a highly impressive handicap win off 161 and has progressed massively since, with wins in the Tingle Creek, Desert Orchid and an 11 length win in the Clarence House. Top of the tree on this year’s form.
Second in all 3 chases last season, but has shown benefit of that experience with two wins from two starts this season. The most recent in a Grade 1 at Sandown. Still in his novice season, however, fact that top trainer Paul Nicholls, sidestepped the Arkle for this assignment augurs well for a big performance.
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