DISCLAIMER: ODDS AND ARTICLE UPDATED 13/03/2019, 16:45.
With the third day of Cheltenham upon us, we have three runners for an accumulator for readers.
Philip Hobbs’ charge proved a disappointment when debuting in a 2m novice chase here in November, but he has shown improved form since then, seeing off the classy Topofthegame in impressive fashion when winning over 2m3f on soft going at Exeter in December.
While he suffered a defeat at the hands of Lostintranslation when the pair finished first and second in a Grade 2 novice contest over an extended 2m4f at this venue in January, he proved capable of reversing that form when the pair met at Sandown (2m4f, soft) early last month.
The selection has shown good form at this venue in the past, with his 10 career victories including four victories over hurdles here as a juvenile, most notably when taking the 2017 renewal of the Triumph Hurdle and his liking for the undulations of this venue are another positive with regards to his chances in this novice chase.
Defi Du Seuil’s better jumping compared to his rival proved crucial at Sandown and, with further improvement possible, he is taken to register a second Grade 1 chase success in a competitive renewal of this novice event.
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Trainer Henry De Bromhead had been in two minds as to which race to run his star gelding in, but he eventually elected to take in this Grade 1 race over an extended 2m4f as opposed to Friday’s Gold Cup over further.
While the son of Milan has shown good form over 3m+, including when finishing runner-up to Presenting Percy in the RSA Chase on soft ground here 12 months ago, he has also shown strong form over shorter, most recently when winning by 2L in a Grade 2 contest on yielding-to-soft ground at Gowran Park just under a month ago.
Jockey Rachel Blackmore is fast establishing herself as one of the best jump jockeys around and retains the ride here, having also been on board at Gowran Park. With the recent rain likely to turn this into more of a stamina test than has been the case in most years, the decision to run in this event looks the correct one and he provides the second leg of our accumulator.
Posh Trish looked completely at home on soft ground when winning a Listed novice hurdle over an extended 2m at Newbury back in December. Paul Nicholls’ charge has since followed that up with two further successes, including in a Listed event held on good-to-soft going at Taunton at the end of December.
The daughter of Stowaway stays further than this 2m1f distance, having won a point-to-point over 3m on heavy going as a four-year-old, while she has already registered a success at this venue, having taken a Listed bumper on her second appearance under Rules back in November 2017.
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