Cheltenham’s NAP: FIDELIO VALLIS | 2:30pm squareintheair.com Novices’ Chase | Dom’s Pick
Paul Nicholls’s gelding jumped and travelled fluently at Chepstow before just being found out by the slightly longer trip, so the reduction in distance on this occasion should suit the previous four-time chase winner.
He has won in soft ground before so the recent heavy rainfall shouldn’t count against him, albeit his stronger form has arrived in quicker ground.
Despite giving weight away to Third Time Lucki, who beat him at this track over hurdles last season, experience in this sphere should stand him in better stead and he’s expected to reverse the placings.
NB: GO DANTE | 5:25pm Foundation Developments Maiden Hurdle
The son of Kayf Tara left a strong impression with a taking Wincanton debut in a bumper back in March, scooting easily clear of the field.
That form hasn’t amounted to much, bar two winners subsequently, but the manner of that success has to make Olly Murphy’s charge of serious interest on his first run in this sphere and the softer ground will certainly suit.
Dan Skelton’s John Locke ran with credit in some tough novice events to end last campaign and this task should be far more realistic for him.