Two recent visitors to the Cheltenham track are entered on Stratford’s card on Saturday, with both aiming to bounce back to winning ways at the Warwickshire course.
Reserve Tank, who featured in the Stayers’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival, is hoping to rediscover his form after struggling over the smaller obstacles this season.
The seven-year-old was pulled up in the Thursday’s feature race at Prestbury Park and he suffered the same fate in the EFT Systems Handicap Hurdle at the Aintree Festival three weeks later.
Colin Tizzard’s gelding did show some progress when dropped in Grade at Uttoxeter, finishing fifth in a Class 3 Handicap Hurdle over 2m4f.
He has been dropped in trip, but the softer conditions at Stratford should suit him and Reserve Tank could revive his previous winning form here.
The nine-year-old has failed to show any progress since that run, falling 19lbs in the ratings over the last seven months.
He is now 5lbs below his last winning mark, but Philip Hobbs’ chaser will need to be revived here after struggling to compete at this level last time out at Uttoxeter.
Both runners are in need of rejuvenating after hitting poor levels of form in recent months, but the pair stand a chance of rediscovering their winning ways at Stratford this week.