By Dave Nevison
Three horses, one from each of the three obvious trainers, dominate the market in the JLT.
I am hoping the excellent jumping that Terrefort has shown in two runs so far in Britain will make him an absolute insurance bet to nothing and give Nicky Henderson another winner.
The form of his win at Sandown last time is top drawer and hopefully he will improve enough to challenge Invitation Only and Shattered Love.
It has become standard procedure, sadly in my view, that horses who put up a good performance to qualify for one of the big handicaps at the Festival, don’t actually run again until the big day.
I am assuming that is the reason we have not seen Philip Hobbs’ gelding since he put up a very decent performance in the Aintree Pertemps qualifier in November that has worked out really well.
He has definitely found his ideal trip now and will definitely appreciate the fast pace of this race. He is one of Richard Johnson’s few winning chances at this meeting.
Sugar Baron runs slowly and sometimes jumps moderately but that might not be that much of a hindrance in the Kim Muir that concludes an extremely difficult card on the New Course at Cheltenham on Thursday.
He is likely to get behind in a race which is bound to be run at a pace despite testing conditions but he will be finishing under the excellent Katie Walsh that’s for sure and I feel he is a near good thing to be placed and has a real chance of winning at his best.
Despite not being the most proficient jumpers Cheltenham seems to bring out his best. Back him each-way usual rules.
Dave's top trio for Thursday:
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