Friday’s cross country at Cheltenham was called off over the weather and there’s no Yanworth in here because he has gone to Punchestown instead. I reckon Tea For Two, who was rated at 164 in his pomp and has now dropped all the way to 138, could be the one to watch here.
Al Dancer and Getaway Trump re-oppose each other here. I know Paul Nicholls reckons Getaway Trump will turn the form over, but I’m not so sure he’s right. I’m going to side with Al Dancer to score.
Defi Du Seuil makes his first voyage out of novice company in the Shloer Chase. Politologue is the obvious danger, but I was really impressed with Defi Du Seuil last year. I believe the JLT Novices’ Chase could prove to be the strongest novice chase from last year and that’s why Defi Du Seuil is my pick in this one.
There are only 15 runners in the Greatwood Handicap Hurdle, I think a few have skipped this because of the conditions. Monsieur Lecoq, Countister, Dame De Compagnie and Bennys Bridge – who bolted in here the last day for Fergal O’Brien in October – are the main fancies. With Barry Geraghty on Dame De Compagnie and Paddy Brennan riding Bennys Bridge, it’s either or for me.
This one looks like a match between Jamie Snowden’s Pacify and Paul Nicholls’ Ecco. Pacify has won his last five and is rated at 100 on the flat, I just wonder is this ground too soft for him? That makes me side with Ecco to take the win.
In the lucky last, time flies by in the yellow and green! Anyone else love that song? If you haven’t guessed I’m picking Time Flies By.
13:15 Tea For Two – 8/1
13:50 Al Dancer – 11/8
14:25 Defi Du Seuil – 5/4
15:00 Bennys Bridge (13/2) and/or Dame De Compagnie (8/1)
15:30 Ecco – 15/8
16:00 Time Files By – 10/11
* All odds correct at time of posting.