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Cheltenham - December 12 2020
Cheltenham 12:05
4
Tom Scudamore

Adagio

J:
 
Tom Scudamore
T:
 
David Pipe
Age: 3
Weight: 11-2
OR: 130
Days: 28

The first race of the day on Saturday sees the Class 2 JCB Triumph Trial Juvenile Hurdle over two miles and Adagio for David Pipe takes the eye.

The three year old gelding has only been seen twice to date over hurdles having been a smart runner on the flat and on both occasions has been very impressive.

The youngster made his debut in November at Warwick when winning a decent event and then last time out stepped over course and distance at Cheltenham and finished a good second behind the Gordon Elliott trained Duffle Coat.

That looked a tougher race than this one being a Grade Two event and dropping down in class today should see him prevail.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
29/04/22PUN16Gd/Y11-125
15/03/22CHL16.5GS11-108
19/02/22WCN15Sft11-72
14/11/21CHL16.5Gd11-122
08/04/21AIN17GS11-02
Cheltenham - December 12 2020
Cheltenham 12:40
2
Nico de Boinville

Chantry House

J:
 
Nico de Boinville
T:
 
Nicky Henderson
Age: 6
Weight: 11-5
OR: 147
Days: 22

A classy Novices' Chase over 2m4f comes next and it sees Chantry House make his second appearance over fences having been very impressive on seasonal debut.

The JP McManus owned gelding first took the eye when winning at Warwick in decent bumper on heavy ground which saw him beat the likes of Edwardstone and Shan Blue, who both go on to become established national hunt horses.

Having just the one spin under rules he was next seen again in December 2019, this time on his hurdles debut at Cheltenham, just doing enough to see off the likes of Stolen Silver, Pipesmoker and Pileon.

All of those horses went on to win next time out and frank Chantry House's form, it was then left for the Nicky Henderson runner to do the same and he obliged at Newbury winning hard held.

This set him up perfectly for a crack at the Supreme Novices' Hurdle at the Cheltenham festival where he finished a valiant third behind two superstars in stablemate Shishkin and Abacadabras.

The Seven Barrows handler always said that Chantry House would make into a nice chaser and he looked to be a star in the making over the bigger obstacles on debut at Ascot.

Although seeing off a tame field he went on to win the event by 26 growing lengths and off that performance it is going to take a smart horse to beat him.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
18/03/22CHL26.5GS11-10PU
29/01/22CHL25.5Gd11-61
26/12/21KEM24Sft11-10PU
07/11/21SAN24GS11-81
09/04/21AIN25GS11-41
Cheltenham - December 12 2020
Cheltenham 13:15
3
Harry Cobden

Capeland

J:
 
Harry Cobden
T:
 
Paul Nicholls
Age: 8
Weight: 11-3
OR: 150
Days: 21

The Spreadex Handicap Chase over two miles sees a very competitive betting heat and we believe the value lies with the Paul Nicholls trained Capeland.

The eight year old had a stellar time of things at the start of last term in similar events, winning at Ascot but after that the handicapper seemed to have got the measure of him.

This season he has been seen twice running both times at Ascot and after unseating his rider on seasonal debut, he went much better last time out to finish third behind two smart rivals.

He runs here off the same mark as last time and if running to the same standard, this time with the added help of cheekpieces, he should give another bold showing.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
06/03/21NBY20Gd11-128
23/01/21ASC21Sft11-11PU
09/01/21WCN20GS11-111
12/12/20CHL16.5Sft11-36
21/11/20ASC17Sft11-33
Cheltenham - December 12 2020
Cheltenham 13:50
1
Harry Cobden

Master Tommytucker

J:
 
Harry Cobden
T:
 
Paul Nicholls
Age: 9
Weight: 11-12
OR: 157
Days: 21

One of the feature races across the Cheltenham card is the hotly contested Grade Three Caspian Caviar Gold Cup and we think Master Tommytucker can defy his top weight to land the spoils.

Having been a horse with bundles of potential but never really showing it, this term he seems to have turned over a new leaf and his jumping has improved massively.

Although winning on his seasonal debut last term, he then went on to fall twice in a row, with many thinking his potential was short lived.

However, he made his return this season at Newton Abbott and jumped much better to finish a good second behind Al Dancer.

From there he has really kicked on landing back to back races with superb jumping displays, especially last time out at Haydock when winning a good Graduation Chase by 15 lengths.

He is a horse very much going places if building on his last two runs and this race show how classy he is if being able to win giving weight away all round.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
05/12/21HUN20Gd11-84
20/11/21ASC21Gd11-82
30/10/21WET24GS11-05
09/04/21AIN20GS11-76
20/02/21ASC21Sft11-72
Cheltenham - December 12 2020
Cheltenham 14:25
7
Sam Twiston-Davies

Took The Lot

J:
 
Sam Twiston-Davies
T:
 
Nigel Twiston-Davies
Age: 6
Weight: 10-12
OR: 130
Days: 14

The Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle is a classy Grade Two event over three miles on Saturday and at an outside price we think Took The Lot can run a big race.

The form of the six year old has been immaculate this term, finishing second on hurdles debut at Fontwell and then coming on for that run to win his last two events at Bangor by a combined 13 lengths.

Nigel Twiston-Davies looks to have a really nice recruit and although stepping up in Grade and needing to prove it at this level, so do many in field.

The step up to three miles will either make or break this horse but on pedigree alone she should take to it well being related to a three mile chase winner.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
04/03/21LUD21.5Sft11-127
30/01/21DON24.5Sft10-12PU
12/12/20CHL24Sft10-128
28/11/20BAN19.5Sft11-51
11/11/20BAN19.5Sft10-121
Cheltenham - December 12 2020
Cheltenham 15:00
4
Aidan Coleman

Song For Someone

J:
 
Aidan Coleman
T:
 
Tom Symonds
Age: 5
Weight: 11-6
OR: 156
Days: 21

The Grade Two International Hurdle has seen some superb winners over the years and we believe Song For Someone for trainer Tom Symonds has a great chance to join that roll of honour.

This handler does not have many superstars and this five year old could well and truly turn out to be just that having landed the Grade Two Kingwell Hurdle on his final start of last term.

Last season the gelding was a model of consistency winning at Fontwell on debut before finishing a decent third behind Mack The Man and Protektorat in a strong handicap hurdle.

He stepped up to a Grade Three event at Ascot where he was a length behind Supreme Novices' Hurdle second Thomas Darby and he used that experience to win at Kempton.

On his seasonal bow this term the five year old really made his present felt in the division, landing the Grade Two Ascot Hurdle, seeing off last year's winner of the International Hurdle Call Me Lord and Cheltenham Festival winner Laurina.

Symonds believes his gelding although showing clear stamina does not lack pace and drop down in trip should see him be able to dominate if going from the front again.

Another bonus is that this handler has been in remarkable form so far this year and from his last 17 runners he has gone on to land 7 winners.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
17/08/22SAR19Fm10-135
17/03/22CHL24Sft11-109
05/02/22SAN16GS11-114
11/12/21CHL17GS11-62
20/11/21ASC19.5Gd11-62
Cheltenham - December 12 2020
Cheltenham 15:35
6
Harry Skelton

Aggy With It

J:
 
Harry Skelton
T:
 
Dan Skelton
Age: 6
Weight: 10-2
OR: 127
Days: 30

The final event on the card at Prestbury Park is the 2m4f Mares' Handicap Hurdle and the Dan Skelton trained Aggy With It looks a value pick.

The six year old mare has been very consistent this season finishing a bright second on her seasonal bow over hurdles behind Perfect Myth, Who has since gone on to frank the form.

Aggy With it herself managed to extend that form line by winning next time when stepped up in trip at Market Rasen to 2m4f and it looks to be the making of her.

She was sent to Taunton in November for her last start and she managed to land the spoils again and now heading into handicap company off a workable mark, she should go well.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
10/01/22TAU19Sft10-136
05/03/21DON19.5Gd11-12F
09/02/21KEM18St/Slw10-111
12/12/20CHL20.5Sft10-27
12/11/20TAU19Gd10-121

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