Horses To Keep An Eye On This Weekend

Cheltenham - December 12 2020
Cheltenham 12:40
Nico de Boinville

Chantry House

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

Chantry House has been on the radar of horses to follow since last season, having been very impressive over hurdles and now this season looks to be taking that form further and using it over fences.

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.

On Saturday he has the option at his preferred 2m4f in a Novices' Chase event and he is certainly a horse worth keeping on side.

Cheltenham - December 12 2020
Cheltenham 15:00
Aidan Coleman

Song For Someone

Aidan Coleman
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.

Cheltenham - December 12 2020