Shloer Chase runner-by-runner guide to Sunday’s 2.20 at Cheltenham

Can Cheltenham specialist Put The Kettle On make it five from five at the track?

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The Shloer Chase is the feature race on the third and final day of Cheltenham’s November Meeting – and you’ve come to the right place to swot up on the four runners.

Put The Kettle On is unbeaten on four starts on the Old Course at Prestbury Park and delivered a career-best run to land the Champion Chase at this year’s Cheltenham Festival.

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Henry de Bromhead’s star mare got the better of Nube Negra by ½l back in March and the two horses reoppose on the same terms in Sunday’s Grade 2.

You can never write off 2020 Champion Chase winner Politologue while new stablemate Rouge Vif completes the field.

Nube Negra

Trainer: Dan Skelton Jockey: Harry Skelton Age: 7 Weight: 11st 6lbs

Top-class chaser who was denied a clear run when ½-length second to Put The Kettle On in Queen Mother Champion Chase here. Failed to give his running at Punchestown next time. Goes well fresh.

Politologue

Trainer: Paul Nicholls Jockey: Harry Cobden Age: 10 Weight: 11st 6lbs

Winner of the Queen Mother Champion Chase in 2020 and captured a second Tingle Creek on reappearance last term. However, again found to have bled at Aintree final start so comes with risks attached.

Rouge Vif

Trainer: Paul Nicholls Jockey: Bryony Frost Age: 7 Weight: 11st 0lbs

Smart chaser who readily landed handicap over C&D on reappearance last term. Struggled at a higher level after but not discounted starting out for Paul Nicholls and in receipt of weight.

Put The Kettle On

Trainer: Henry de Bromhead Jockey: Aidan Coleman Age: 7 Weight: 10st 13lbs

Excellent record around here, winner of the Arkle as a novice and Queen Mother Champion Chase in March. Also won this on reappearance last year. Obvious claims.

Timeform Verdict: A small field but still a high-class renewal. NUBE NEGRA seems best when fresh and was arguably unlucky not to beat Put The Kettle On in the Queen Mother Champion Chase at the Festival here in March so shades the vote over the Irish mare who has an excellent record at this track.

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