Paul Nicholls: Views on my runners at Cheltenham on Saturday
Betfair Ambassador has some talented horses in action on Saturday afternoon, as he takes five runners to Cheltenham. Read on for his views on their form and chances...
"Movewiththetimes isn't the easiest of horses to keep right but if things go his way this season I am sure he is capable of winning some nice races if he jumps nicely. I am hoping he can put his experience over fences to good use in a small field here which should suit him."
Sound jumping will be key for honest horse
Braqueur D'or - 14:00 Cheltenham
He is a really honest horse who was on a roll last year before running a career best in the Ladbroke Trophy at Newbury. So it was a great shame that he suffered a setback on his next start which left him on the sidelines for four months before he ran below at Ayr late in April.
We gave him a wind op over the summer and, although his handicap mark shot up last season, I expect him to run tidily in this highly competitive race off a light weight if he jumps soundly.
High class horse has solid chance
Modus - 15:10 Cheltenham
Developed as we expected into a decent novice chaser last season, winning a Grade 2 Chase at Wincanton and a Graduation Chase at Kempton before deep ground at Cheltenham and Liverpool prevented him showing his best form.
Modus is a high class horse who enjoys better ground and has a solid chance in this small field.
Aiming to bounce back
Tommy Silver - 15:10 Cheltenham
He rather lost his way last season after a bright start when he jumped fluently and won nicely at Leicester before twice being placed behind very smart novices. But he didn't show his best form after the turn of the year and I am hoping he can bounce back after a summer at grass.
He goes well fresh, enjoys good ground and we are trying cheek pieces to sharpen him up in the hope that they might help him here.
Ready for take off?
The Eaglehaslanded - 15:45 Cheltenham
Last season was a total write off for the Eagle as it would have been a waste of time running him on heavy ground. Then conditions rapidly became too quick for him when he was ready to start over fences.
It's good to get him going here after a long time off and this looks a suitable prep race before he goes chasing.
Movewiththetimes - 16:55 Cheltenham (NON-RUNNER)
It was a surprise he ended last season without winning over fences as he is a talented horse who contested some hot novice chases and only just came up short. But he never really got into a rhythm in the Grade 3 Handicap at the Cheltenham Festival where his jumping let him down.
Movewiththetimes isn't the easiest of horses to keep right but if things go his way this season I am sure he is capable of winning some nice races if he jumps nicely. I am hoping he can put his experience over fences to good use in a small field here which should suit him.