Only the three runners in this Novices Chase, but three fascinating runners line up.
Threeunderthrufive has already had three runs over fences this season for Champion trainer Paul Nicholls (Who has won this race three times in the past, joint most with Nicky Henderson) with form figures of 211.
He was well beaten on debut over the larger obstacles where he was beaten by Does He Know by just over 5 lengths and looked quite novicey when jumping, but since then has never looked backed and looks a real nice chaser in the making.
He has made it two for two since his debut, winning the Silver Bowl Novices Chase at Exeter by 15 lengths after making all and jumping much better than his debut run, then he went on to look to reverse the form with Does He Know at Cheltenham in November, which he duly obliged in doing so.
He was kept in behind the leader that day and put the pressure on them at times but then was handed the lead when the front runner fell at the third, he was pushed out to win from there and stayed on superbly up the Cheltenham hill to win by just over four lengths.
He has looked a different prospect since his debut, jumping better and always travelling strongly, Adrian Heskin gets on well with the horse and is currently in top form, With seven winners in just 17 rides over the last 14 days (41% strike rate).
The small field will help and he can take the step up in class in his stride providing he can handle the step up to 2m7f, but after his last effort it looks as if he will.
Two wins out of three runs over fences so far, Highest rated in the race but does give 3lb’s to the other runners.
Clearly the class act runner and is the one to beat.