The first horse we are going to put up as an eye-catcher from the Cheltenham festival was the Paul Nicholls trained Bell Ex One.
Having his first run at the festival for Nicholls having been moved from Ray Cody's yard in Ireland having shown bundles of ability across the pond.
With it being a slight fact finding mission for the 12 time champion trainer, not having him long and running him pretty much straight away, he must have been over the moon with what he saw.
Coming into the race off a mark of 130, he stayed on extremely well, passing horses up the hill to finish a narrow third on the other side of the track behind the extremely well in Gaelic Warrior and highly talented Brazil.
Bell Ex One is a really nice horse to have moving forward and having more time with Nicholls will only bring him on and if not penalised to hard for his superb run at the festival, he could still be well ahead of his mark.