StevieDay1983 Posted March 2 Share Posted March 2 The first handicap of the week is run over 3 miles 1 furlong of the old course with a maximum field of 24 likely to go to post. 10 of the last 13 winners had run at Cheltenham earlier in the season with 9 of the last 11 wearing some form of headgear. Novices have a good record in the race having won 5 of the last 9 renewals. The race was won last year by novice Northern raider Corach Rambler trained by Lucinda Russell. Irish raider Stumptown was an easy winner at Sandown for Irish trainer Gavin Cromwell last time out and a 8lb rise may just be enough to get him into the race if taking this route as he also holds an entry in the Kim Muir on Thursday. Colin Tizzard’s Oscar Elite bounced back to form in a three runner novice chase at Ascot last time and a 4lb rise puts him in here with a definite chance. He ran third in this last year from a one pound lower handicap mark. Tizzard also has The Big Breakaway in the contest who arrives in good form having run second in the Welsh Grand National last time. Gary Moore’s Nassalam has already been supported for this contest having run well here on New Year’s Day last time over 2m 4 1/2F. He’s yet to try this trip and has stamina to prove though. One of the leading lights is the Yorkshire trained Into Overdrive who has won five of his last six starts with his latest success coming in the Rowland Meyrick Handicap Chase on Boxing Day at Wetherby by half a length from the useful Sounds Russian with Fanion D’Estruval back in third. That’s good form and he should run his usual sound race for handler Mark Walford. Last year’s winner Corach Rambler is back to defend his title off of a handicap mark 6lb higher. He’s not been seen since running 4th in the Coral Gold Cup at Newbury back in November. Coopers Cross was last seen winning the Skybet Chase at Doncaster in January in first time cheek pieces, form which was boosted by the subsequent win of the runner up Cap Du Nord at Ascot. He’s been raised 5lb for that victory. Runner up two years ago was the Kim Bailey trained novice Happygolucky who’s well in at the weights with Into Overdrive on his re-appearance effort at Newcastle in November but flopped back in trip here on New Years Day. Another who could run well on his best form. Jonjo O’Neill’s Iron Bridge ran well at Warwick last time but has four entries at the Festival so is best left until we know his target. O’Neill also has the four time chasing Monbeg Genius, a novice who would most definitely have claims if running here (he also has Kim Muir and Midlands Grand National on Saturday entries.) Sam Thomas’s Our Power won the Coral Trophy Handicap Chase at Kempton in late February but will be re-assessed for that effort. Remastered is been aimed at the Grand National and has to put a very poor effort over hurdles at Sandown last time behind him. Irish raider The Goffer is interesting. Trained by Gordon Elliott this is his only entry at the Festival and comes here having won a valuable handicap chase over 2M 5F at Leopardstown in February. A lightly raced novice he can run well. A tough race with preference for the Yorkshire trained Into Overdrive who has this as his only entry at Cheltenham and with his recent form tying in with smart sorts L’Homme Presse and Sounds Russian can give Mark Walford a first Cheltenham Festival winner. Punters Lounge Tip: Into Overdrive 9/1 EW 1/5 12345 NR NB at >bet365 - Click Here To Bet by The Brigadier Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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