With plenty of runners set to go to post for the Grade One novice event over three miles we have taken early precautions with two strong players, both at each way prices and with Paddy Power now offering NRNB we think it is time to get our first big selections for the festival out into the open.
The first is the Willie Mullins trained Stattler who is owned by the sponsor of the contest and we all know that they would love to keep their own money.
The £59,000 purchase as a three year old started his career in January 2020 and was pitched into a bumper at Fairyhouse where he got off the mark straight away.
He was seen twice again in this sphere finishing third behind the likeable Farouk D'Alene and then second at Limerick in a minor event.
Mullins this term stepped him over hurdles and he looks to be a different prospect all together, with staying trips certainly more of what he needs then two mile events.
He was sent to Naas in November on hurdles debut and finished a good third of 20 runners, but last time out he showed his best run to date when stepped up to 2m4f.
Stattler landed a Maiden Hurdle at Leopardstown over the Christmas period, seeing off the smart Glens Of Antrim who was receiving 7lb from our horse.
The second looks to be a smart type for the same yard and it makes Stattler an even better recruit winning easily giving weight away.
It is said that this horse wants to go over further and the three miles round Cheltenham should play straight to his strengths.