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American (l) gets the nod from our Will Hayler
A fascinating race which can go to Pobbles Bay. Evan Williams' charge is all stamina and shrugged off a stone rise in the handicap to make it two from two over fences at Chepstow last time. He's on the upgrade and is taken to get the better of Champers On Ice, who has plenty of potential in this sphere, and American. The latter very much took the eye with his fencing at Exeter last time. He's the most lightly raced in the field and will take some passing if getting into the same rhythm as he did the last day.
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A good quality renewal of a race that threw up a Cheltenham Festival winner 12 months ago. Official figures leave Mystical Knight with something to find but he was very professional in beating the re-opposing Chef d'Oeuvre on his chase debut at Hereford and may be up to the task. He ran well at this track over hurdles when second to Open Eagle on soft ground last February so conditions shouldn't prove to be any problem to him and that run also indicated that he has the class to win a race of this nature.
What a belting novice chase and you would think Cheltenham clues aplenty. I'm sure Captain Chaos is much better than he showed at Ascot following an early mistake, but this could be too hot for him at this stage. The three at the top with penalties all look nice types with Pobbles Bay the pick of the trio, but the 4lb Mystical Knight receives could be crucial (unpenalised as his was a Class 4 win). As Ian says, the course will hold no fears and Rebecca Curtis' yard just seemed to be hitting some form at the turn of the year.
Harry Fry has been weighing up a number of possible options for American in recent weeks and the fact that this the chosen route tells its own story. A fragile seven-year-old, he needs his races well spaced out and I wonder whether Aintree might be on the agenda rather than Cheltenham, but I liked his professionalism in seeing off Label Des Obeaux last time out.
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