I tipped Thyme Hill for this race months ago and if he was to turn up I wouldn’t put anyone off him.
He was third in last year’s Champion Bumper and I’ve watched him throughout the season and he stays forever. This is a slog. You need a bit of age, and bit of experience and to be really tough.
If you were making me have a bet – I’d go for Ramses De Teillee.
I like Thyme Hill. I thought he won the Challow at Newbury very well back at the end of the decent. He’s very likeable for this one.
I was impressed with Longhouse Poet when he came up third behind Latest Exhibition at the Dublin Racing Festival. I thought he’d do well at Cheltenham up the hill and he’s the one I’ll stick with.
People seem to be looking for a reason not to back Thyme Hill, so perhaps it’s obvious he’s the one. But I’ll stick with Longhouse Poet as an each-way play.
Ramses De Teillee is a real street fighter, but he is dependent on the ground being soft. There’s one horse that’s not really been considered and it’s Nigel Twiston-Davies’ Mossy Fen.
The step up in distance could be right up his street. He looks a huge price at around 16/1.
One For The Team is a second-year novice. He ran twice over hurdles last year over two-and-a-half miles and caught my eye. This horse is going places.
If he runs here he’ll well go at a big price.