Hailing from Ditcheat, Iceo made his debut for Paul Nicholls at the end of December and the gelding made a real impression for his new connections.
Picked up from France after an impressive win over hurdles there in August. Despite the form not amounting too much in his native France, Iceo came over to Britain with a high reputation and was sent off favourite for his first run over hurdles over here.
Despite carrying a penalty for his previous win in France, he still managed to easily dispatch a smart field of juvenile hurdlers in a class 2 event at Kempton.
Bryony Frost guided him to a devastating 17 length win but the race has yet to yield any other subsequent winners.
His mighty wide margin win last time out earmarks him as the one to beat here.
However he’s only run on soft ground so rain would be in his favour.