Third Time Lucki makes an attempt to stretch his unbeaten begin over fences to a few when he steps as much as Grade One firm within the Shut Brothers Henry VIII Novices’ Chase at Sandown.
Dan Skelton has by no means made any secret of the regard through which he holds the six-year-old, however after ending fourth in Ferny Hole’s Champion Bumper he by no means reached the heights anticipated of him over hurdles.
He has blossomed over fences, nonetheless, placing up a startling show first day trip at Cheltenham and following up again there final month.
“I at all times thought he can be excellent and I am delighted it’s proving that method. He loves his fences and that has been the making of him,” stated Skelton.
“I would not charge both of his performances at Cheltenham as one being higher than the opposite.
“I believe the second efficiency may need been downplayed as Harry (Skelton) was cautious during the last three fences. Make no mistake he put the race to mattress and there was no should be overly aggressive on him.”
In Alan King’s Edwardstone, Third Time Lucki faces a really worthwhile opponent and having lastly landed his novice chase on the third time of asking in positive fashion, he guarantees to place up a stern take a look at to the favorite.
“He’s in good order. I’ve been very proud of him since Warwick,” stated King.
“In fact it’s a aggressive race, however it’s a Grade One, so it deserves to be.
“We’ll take our probability. He is finished all the pieces proper since Warwick and let’s examine how we get on. The bottom will probably be positive for him.”
Like Third Time Lucki, Colin Tizzard’s Struggle Lord has received twice over fences and should have an edge with regards to expertise, having had an actual tussle with Donald McCain’s Minella Drama, whom he meets once more, final day trip at Carlisle.
“He has finished nothing fallacious in any respect to this point. He seemed fairly good up at Carlisle final time the place he simply received to the entrance a bit fast. He is an effective prospect and could possibly be something nonetheless,” stated Tizzard.
“He has had prep, however we’ll discover out extra on Saturday.”
Paul Nicholls has by no means been afraid to pitch his younger horses in on the deep finish, and following a straightforward win at Newbury final week his four-year-old Il Ridoto faces a marked rise in grade.
“He has been raised 12lb by the handicapper after his trendy victory final Saturday at Newbury,” Nicholls instructed Betfair.
“That also leaves him with a bit to do with a few of his rivals, nevertheless it’s in his favour that he will get the 6lb allowance as a four-year-old.
“Il Ridoto got here on loads for his first run at Newton Abbot, was slick over his fences at Newbury and appears in excellent form since then. It would not shock me to see him run a giant race.”
Michael Scudamore’s Do Your Job and the Sam Thomas-trained Stolen Silver full the fashionable seven-runner area.