Noel Novices Chase Runner by Runner Guide

1. Count Meribel

Trainer - Nigel Twiston-Davies

Jockey -

Been a revelation since making the step up to fences, with two wins from his first two starts.

Rose through the ranks as a hurdler before finding plenty better at the top of the game, and was pulled up behind Santini in the Grade 1 Sefton Novices Hurdle at Aintree in April.

Smart display at Cheltenham latest in talented field, and can crack on again.

2. Lil Rockerfeller

Trainer - Neil King

Jockey - Wayne Hutchinson

Another who has taken to the larger obstacles extremely well, despite unseating at Cheltenham at the weekend.

Blundered badly at the second fence giving Wayne Hutchinson no chance in the saddle, but with the horse completely unscathered, out to put it right.

Had been unbeaten in last four outings - three of which over fences.

3. Azzerti

Trainer - Alan King

Jockey -

Chopping and changing with hurdles and fences, but looks set to now stay over the latter named, after a decent enough third here last month.

He finished under three lengths to impressive looking Wenyerreadyfreddie, having finished fourth on his chasing debut at Worcester.

Much more required here however.

4. Chameron

Trainer - Paul Nicholls

Jockey -

Unshipped Harry Cobden at Ludlow on Wednesday when in contention to win three out, and Nicholls could take up this option to seek revenge.

Appeared to be going well, but it has to be said, his jumping lacked overall fluency on the way round.

Potential to put it right.

5. Crucial Role

Trainer - Dan Skelton

Jockey -

Very smart winner in a beginners chase on his second start over fences, and out to do it all over again, albeit in better company.

Nine length winner at Uttoxeter just two weeks ago, and looks completely unexposed.

Good chances here.

6. Jerrysback

Trainer - Philip Hobbs

Jockey -

Drawing a line through his tailed off performance at Cheltenham not too long ago, this horse has actually won his four races.

There was no surprise to see him go off at big odds at Bangor at the beginning of the month, but he proved it was no upset with a fine round of jumping.

Back up to better company now and more required again.

7. Kildisart

Trainer - Ben Pauling

Jockey -

Second here to Wenyerreadyfreddie (Azzerti third) on his chasing bow four weeks ago, and was only half-a-length down on the winner.

That will stand him in good stead going forward, and looks a likely player here.

8. Ok Corral

Trainer - Nicky Henderson

Jockey -

Would be highly surprising if this 8yo gelding comes here, having only made his debut over fences at Plumpton earlier this week.

Despite one shuddering error at the 12th, last year's Albert Bartlett runner-up won easily, and looks to continue on his quest to one of the headline races at the Festival; possibly the four-miler, if not the RSA.

9. Talkischeap

Trainer - Alan King

Jockey -

Creditable second to La Bague Au Roi at Newbury last time, and continues to bridge the gap to Warren Greatrex's 7yo mare.

Talkischeap will not be chasing her tail around this time, and should be in the frame for at least a place here.


10. Vinndication

Trainer - Kim Bailey

Jockey -

One of the headline horses at the meeting, Kim Bailey's Vinndication has risen through the ranks, and looks a horse definitely going places.

Unbeaten over hurdles, he continued that feat when winning on his chasing debut at Carlisle, where he was forced to dig in deep.

He still prevailed and looks mightily smart going forward.

Very interesting.