JCB Triumph Runner by Runner

1. Cracker Factory

Trainer - Alan King

Jockey - Daryl Jacob

Alan King looks to have a good one on his hands in the form of Cracker Factory, who bolted up at Wetherby a fortnight ago.

He beat the Gordon Elliot-trained Chief Justice, who could not land a blow to the winner, and the form looks strong.

Has won four of his last five, and should take all the beating.

2. Quel Destin

Trainer - Paul Nicholls

Jockey - tbc

Will only be his third start for the former Champion Trainer, and was a hefty purchase from France.

So far, his form in England is good; was second on his stable debut at Chepstow last month, beating Elysees by ten lengths - who then cruised to victory at Warwick last week on his latest start.

Won at Kempton last month by 12 lengths, and certainly one to keep an eye on.

Wears the colours of Martin Broughton - who owned Dodging Bullets, winner of the Champion Chase back in 2015.

3. Fanfan Du Seuil

Trainer - Tom George

Jockey - tbc

More of the case of the unknown around Fanfan Du Seuil, as on his one and only start, he fell three fences from the finish when in contention.

Prior to the mistake, he was jumping enthusiastically and boldly, and just got one wrong. Worth another go.

4. Fret D'estruval

Trainer - Alan King

Jockey - tbc

Another runner for Alan King, and another one for Simon Munir and Isaac Souede. Another purchase from France, this will be his first start in Britain.

He won two of his three outings abroad, with the other being brought down after clipping heels on his debut.


5. Il Re Di Nessuno

Trainer - Gary Moore

Jockey -

Have fun saying this one. Another making his debut for a new year, this time the horse coming from Italy, where has ran eight times on the flat, picking up two wins.

Now trials hurdles for the first time, but based on pedigree, should be winning races; 13th foal, half-brother to nine winners.

Possibly one for next time.

6. Katpoli

Trainer - Dr Richard Newland

Jockey - tbc

Katpoli won smartly at Huntingdon last week in a Juvenile Hurdle - where the fourth place horse has already won since, up at Musselburgh, and lines up again here.

Trainer is bang in form, and had a couple of winners at this venue last month.

In with a shout.

7. Montestrel

Trainer - Jane Williams

Jockey - Lizzie Kelly

Winner of that Chepstow Juvenile Hurdle - with Quel Destin in second, and Fanfan Du Seuil falling three out.

Was a surprise winner that day, winning at odds of 20/1, which is very smart for a first run.

Will look to prove that was no fluke, and will try build on that success here.

8. Needs To Be Seen

Trainer - John Ryan

Jockey -

Someway behind Katpoli at Huntingdon at the beginning of the month, but has won since up in Scotland.

He was eased at the finish so may have more to offer, now arriving at Prestbury Park.

Has some lengths to make on one rival, and might be outclassed by a few others.

9. Our Legend

Trainer - Thomas Mullins

Jockey -

Ran on the flat over the summer and was disappointing, so was switched to timber three starts ago.

Form reads 422, with his most recent start finishing a good second to Coeur Sublime, who looks a smart prospect for Gordon Elliott.

Could step up once more.

10. The Lincoln Lawyer

Trainer - Charlie Mann

Jockey -

Rated as high as 77 on the flat, he switched from Mark Johnston's yard to Charlie Mann's in October.

Two starts over timber; made a decent enough debut, before finishing in a different county to a good-looking winner last time at Sedgefield - who has since won again off 10lb higher.

Others preferred.

11. Westbrook Bertie

Trainer - Mick Channon

Jockey -

Mick Channon - more well known for his exploits on the flat, sends Westbrook Bertie over hurdles for the first time.

Was rated 83 on the flat back in June, and last won a race back in April at Salisbury.

Unknown quantity over obstacles, and best to just watch this one.

12. Never Adapt

Trainer - Nicky Henderson

Jockey -

JP McManus has started the new season brightly, with plenty of promising juveniles coming through.

Never Adapt - a purchase from France, won unchallenged on his only racecourse outing in France back in March.

Worth a market check, and could be one for the notebook. Interesting.

13. Powerful Society

Trainer - Mark Gillard

Jockey -

Takes a massive step-up in class, and looks out of his depth really.

Finished second at Fakenham at 80/1 at the end of October, and not really much to go off.

One to put a line through.