The final event of day one of the Cheltenham festival is the National Hunt Chase and one of our best bets of the day is Gaillard Du Mesnil.
A Grade One winning novice hurdler/chaser, he has ran superbly in some big races placing in the Ladbrokes Novice Chase at the DRF behind Galopin Des Champs and then finished third again in the Brown Advisory Novices' Chase behind L'Homme Presse last year.
He rounded our last term showing his true staying ability when carrying a big weight in the Irish Grand National and he ran well to finish third of the 27 runners.
This term he has been campaigned less with this race always in mind, starting at Fairyhouse in the Drinmore Novice Chase when chasing home Mighty Potter back in second and then at Leopardstown over Christmas he landed the first Grade One of his career over fences in the Neville Hotels Novice Chase.
Sent over 2m5f again at the DRF when last seen he finished a staying on third behind Mighty Potter again just lacking pace at the trip but now being sent up in trip, he will revel in the test.
The one to beat.