Timeform UK SmartPlays: Saturday 14 December

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"He brings potential that some of these may be lacking..."

Timeform on Secret Investor

Call Me Lord - 15:05 Cheltenham

Call Me Lord shaped encouragingly on his return to action when runner-up to a stronger stayer in the Coral Hurdle at Ascot, tanking through the race and looking the winner entering the straight (hit 1.11 in running on Betfair). The drop back to two miles at this track should suit fine and Call Me Lord has excellent claims on these terms in receipt of weight from the principals.

Good Boy Bobby - 12:45 Cheltenham

Good Boy Bobby is held in high regard by connections and he duly built on his promising chase debut (form is working out well) when landing the odds at Wetherby last month. He didn't need to improve on his previous effort, however, and was hardly flash, for all he got the job done professionally. This run will reveal more, but this is a much deeper race, and he may prove vulnerable under a penalty, particularly with Mister Fisher in the field.

Smart Stat
Secret Investor - 13:55 Cheltenham

5 - Paul Nicholls's number of winners in past 10 runnings

Paul Nicholls has a great record in this race and he isn't afraid to throw a potential top-notcher in - won the race with the likes of Poquelin and Frodon - and Secret Investor is of a similar ilk. He won a Grade 2 novice at Ayr on his final start last season and shaped well in a similar event on his return at Down Royal last month. Secret Investor is likely to have come on plenty for that run, and he doesn't look harshly treated for this handicap debut. He brings potential that some of these may be lacking.

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