His main aim had been the Fred Winter at Cheltenham but he didn't manage to get in there - that was particularly disappointing as I had thought he was well handicapped in the build up to the meeting. This is obviously a strong race but I think that the track and the ground should be right up his street and he is a horse with plenty of ability. It's asking a lot to think he could win but I am sure he will give a respectable account of himself.
It was really good to see him win like he did at Southwell last time as he hadn't had a particularly pleasant experience over fences on his previous run. He's not had a lot of racing in the last 12 months and comes here a fresh horse. He's also handicapped much more realistically than he has been for much of his career so it wouldn't be a surprise to see him run very well. He's probably better in small fields nowadays but he's on a fair mark, won't mind conditions and this should tell us just where we stand with him.
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