The Cheltenham Festival ante-post series continues through the second day of the four-day meeting, with the Brown Advisory Novices’ Chase up next in the schedule.
The likes of Denman, Lord Windermere and Might Bite have won the contest since the turn of the century and Monkfish continued his promising rise with success in last year’s renewal.
Our team have taken a look through the potential contenders, with the hope of pinpointing a serious candidate for victory come March.
Here are three selections to add to your Brown Advisory Novices’ Chase calculations.
BRAVEMANSGAME (14/1 – Betfred)
After showing promise over hurdles, Bravemansgame will make the transition over fences in the upcoming season with the Brown Advisory looking his likely seasonal target.
The six-year-old stormed to success in the Challow Novices’ Hurdle before finishing third and second at the Cheltenham and Aintree Festivals respectively.
Paul Nicholls has drawn comparisons to the mighty Denmark in recent time and his recruit could well be a unit over fences comes March next year.
He is an exciting prospect and his price of 14/1 at this stage holds huge value at this point.
KLASSICAL DREAM (20/1 – Unibet)
The winner of the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle back in 2019, Klassical Dream stormed back onto the scene when claiming the Champion Stayers Hurdle at Punchestown back in April.
The gelding had not been seen in almost 18 months when he made his reappearance in the three-mile contest, dispatching of his rivals with ease to win by nine lengths for Willie Mullins.
It would not be a surprise to see the seven-year-old remain over hurdles but he was entered in a beginners chase back in December, which does suggest he has been schooled over fences.
The four-time Grade 1 winner could well target this contest next season if his connections opt to tackle the larger obstacles, with his 20/1 price tag holding some appeal.
CRAIGNEICHE (25/1 – Sky Bet)
A runner that has gone slightly under the radar, Nicky Henderson’s Craigneiche could well tackle fences this season following some big performances over the smaller obstacles.
The seven-year-old stormed to victory in the Holloway’s Handicap Hurdle at Ascot in January before running well at Cheltenham to finish second in the Coral Cup.
He has proven to be versatile on several ground types and he could well relish the step up to three miles in the current season.
It is assumed that the gelding will take on fences next season and his price of 25/1 could present some each-way value at this stage.