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Honeysuckle comes here on the crest of a wave and is unbeaten so far. Last year’s winner Epatante has questions to answer after her defeat at Kempton. However, GOSHEN got his career back on track in no uncertain terms when winning at Wincanton last time.
He was going to be a runaway winner in the Triumph Hurdle last season before falling at the last and he could be capable of something extraordinary.
Chacun Pour Soi has been dominant in Ireland but now needs to prove it on a stiff, undulating track like Cheltenham. ALTIOR has no questions to answer on that score at least as he’s a four-time winner at the Festival and has won the Champion Chase twice.
Is he the horse he once was as an 11-year-old? I’m prepared to take a chance he is for one last time and he comes here a fresh horse. Henry de Bromhead’s Arkle winner Put the Kettle On could be overpriced.
- This article was first published before it was announced Altior will MISS the Cheltenham Festival
Another big match-up between former champion PAISLEY PARK and Thyme Hill with the score at 1-1 this season. It’s tight between them but Paisley Park showed his characteristic brilliance last time at Ascot when beating Thyme Hill and can regain his Stayers’ Hurdle crown after last year’s disappointment.
- This article was first published before it was announced Thyme Hill will MISS the Cheltenham Festival
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Al Boum Photo is chasing a history-making third win but compatriot A PLUS TARD really shone at Christmas when winning the Savills Chase from Kemboy and Melon. The Festival’s feature race could see him to best effect with that perfect blend of stamina and speed. He’s the young pretender going places and can lower the colours of Al Boum Photo.
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