The opener at Cheltenham on Saturday is the JCB Triumph Trial Juvenile Hurdle where nine line up aiming to stamp their credentials on the big juvenile event in March.
Defi Du Seuil (2016) was the most recent winner to follow up at the Festival, so it isn’t the strongest trial, however many have gone on to run well and connections will be hoping Magistrato can do the same.
The French imports tend to be the classier juveniles and this gelding, who finished second to Listed winner Porticello at Auteuil, bolted up by 12l on UK debut.
He should hold Skelton’s charge Rocky Man on that form as he left him for dead once Cobden gave him a couple of cracks and the other main players look to have won weak events in the build up to this.
It isn’t a strong renewal, should take the beating.