A typically competitive renewal of the Kauto Star Novices’ chase.
The market leader Slate House looks to hold strong claims having bounced back to form this season, even more so if the rain pours, and Paul Nicholls has every chance with his two-pronged attack in Master Tommytucker and Danny Whizzbang.
We are siding with Black Op though. He is the highest-rated horse in the field and his chase form, even from last season where he was apparently ‘not at is best’, reads exceptionally-well.
He finished behind Defi De Seuil and Topofthegame on his first try over fences before doing the same behind the former and Lostintranslation on his second attempt.
Neither of these were bad efforts and he returned this season with a cruising 15l victory, before only being defeated by RSA favourite Champ at Newbury.