Dan Skelton, successful with his first Grade 1 winner Roksana earlier in the week, has already stamped himself a target trainer of note and this looks to have been the plan for a good while with CH’TIBELLO (Cheltenham, 2.10).
Thought good enough to participate in the Champion Hurdle last year, the eight-year-old has undergone a wind operation since running a fine race behind Midnight Shadow at Aintree and the form took a nice boost when the selection’s conqueror followed up in a Grade 2 at Cheltenham on his next start.
Dangers lurk aplenty and Capitaine is feared along with Imperial Cup runner-up Monsieur Lecoq who is reunited with Lizzie Kelly. However, last year’s Triumph Hurdle winner MR ADJUDICATOR catches the eye as the chief threat given he chased home Champion Hurdle hero Espoir D'Allen on his comeback. He appears to have had this race on his agenda for some time and also looks worth supporting.
**Ch’tibello 1pt ew @ 8-1
Mr Adjudicator 1pt ew @ 12-1**
There is little doubt PRESENTING PERCY (Cheltenham, 3.30) has undergone an unusual preparation for a leading Gold Cup contender, but we live in unusual times and dismissing all the chatter and concentrating on his racecourse performances suggests he boasts a major chance of recording his third successive Festival victory.
Davy Russell enjoyed an armchair ride aboard the eight-year-old in last season’s RSA Chase where his mount was produced to pick off the classy Monalee (Elegant Escape well back in third) and he is likely to have the race run to suit again.
Last year’s gallant third, ANIBALE FLY, appeals as a place contender once again as he will be doing his best work at the death. The 22-1 on offer with four places is very appealing.
**Presenting Percy 2pts win @ 4-1
Anibale Fly 0.5pt ew @ 25-1**
BUN DORAN (Cheltenham, 4.50), who boasts decent track form and is a much better horse following an absence, can see off the lightly-raced Magic Saint, Not Another Muddle and Whatswrongwithyou, who are likely to head the market.
The last four winners hadn’t run after mid December so the 90-day break shouldn’t harm the chance of the selection who has taken time to fill his sizeable frame. However, recent evidence suggests he is improving all the time and he makes some appeal with a strong gallop likely to suit.
Of the rest, MARRACUDJA is a little more exposed than ideal, but has finished first and second on his two course starts and has undergone a wind operation since he was agonisingly beaten a nose at Wetherby over Christmas.
Bun Doran 0.5pt ew @ 14-1
Marracudja 0.5pt ew @ 16-1**
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