Reports from Lambourn suggest the Nicky Henderson-trained CHANTRY HOUSE (12.10, nap) is something special and he can endorse that belief at Cheltenham. Unfortunate not to have won all of his three races, the gelding was travelling like the winner before losing his rider in an Irish point.
Since that mishap he was an impressive winner of a point and a NH Flat race at Warwick in March.
The form of that Warwick contest reads well as the second home, Edwardstone, has since won his two hurdle races in impressive fashion.
Henderson can complete a double with PYM (12.45).
He was an easy winner at Ascot last month and is now developing into smart staying chaser.
Following a spell in the wilderness Robert Walford now has his team in form and further success can be landed with MANVERS HOUSE (1.20, nb).
The six-year-old has the beating of Oakley, one of the market leaders.
He was unfortunate on his latest run when carried off a straight line when behind Smarty Wild at Exeter last month.
Harry Fry is another trainer whose runners are now returning to rude health and DEFINITELYANOSCAR (1.55) can continue that revival.
WEST APPROACH (2.30), lost his rider when favourite for last month’s Ladbrokes Gold Trophy, has to be given another chance as he was an impressive winner on this course in November.
His stable companion KILBRICKEN STORM (3.40, treble) has the superior class to carry top weight in the Citipost Hurdle.
The former smart YANWORTH (3.05) has now found his form since tackling cross country events and cannot be opposed in today’s variety contest.
5.30 Grandmaster Flash
6.00 Fighting Temeraire
6.30 The King’s Steed
7.00 Captain Power
12.25 Storm Wizzard
2.10 Bryden Boy
12.00 King Golan
12.35 Mercian Knight
1.10 Knight In Dubai
1.45 Saint Leo
2.20 Chase The Wind
2.55 Over Stated
12.10 Chantry House (nap)
1.20 Manvers House (nb)
2.30 West Approach
3.40 Kilbricken Storm (treble)
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