Slower ground than last time might help Seeanythingyoulike who could not quite go the pace of the winner at a sharp track last time out, but he has not been out of the frame in three starts under the talented Rex Dingle and he can gain a deserved win here.
He was previously a tearaway who looked a dubious character but recently has been tractable, although he is still a maiden over hurdles and fences.
However, this looks to be his best chance to gain his first success - he also had an entry at Taunton in a non-handicap - and he can instigate a double for the Jeremy Scott team.
A race entitled “It’s Been A Whyle” is fitting for a number of participants in this contest but I am taking a chance with Keltus to capitalise on a generously lowered mark.
Having left Paul Nicholls, this former 136-rated nine-year-old was campaigned for military races and did not maintain his previous level of form.
However, a drop of 18lb from his career-high rating and back under professional handling I believe he is poised to run well.
His reappearance effort was encouraging until he got tired and was let down by his jumping up the Wincanton straight. He will be fitter this time, the ground will be no issue and his trainer Jeremy Scott is in very good form, so there are plenty of positives.
Fergal O’Brien will be looking forward to Cheltenham this weekend but can tee things up nicely with this improving chaser.
I am pretty certain he had the beating of Majestic Touch, who fell at the last, but he wouldn’t have won by 15 lengths and fortunately the handicapper has realised this and raised him just 8lb which looks generous.
Taunton regularly favours front runners and his competent jumping should stand him in good stead at this stage of his career.
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