THE KEY trial for the Foxhunters was run at Newbury in January when Chapotergeon quickened up impressively under Richard Barber to beat Cloudy Lane by 16 lengths. But a word of warning. He didn't stay 2m5f that strongly when running under rules and the trip looks sure to stretch his stamina.
MY FLORA was sent off 11-4 favourite for that Newbury race and she jumped superbly throughout before coming crashing down at the second last. She probably wouldn't have won had she stayed on her feet but the way she travelled throughout the contest made me think that she would be a major player at Cheltenham.
She was too keen at Newbury and exerted far too much energy in the first mile.
Expect Tom David to play his hand much latter this time and a recent point-to-point success by eight lengths proved that she is none the worse for that Newbury spill. She'll go off at around the 101 mark and will almost certainly give you a run for your money.
My Flora is only eight, a toddler in a race full of veterans, and she will be getting 5lb from the rest of the field which will make a big difference on the day.
The home challenge is headed by Salsify who won at Leopardstown on Hennessy Day. Rodger Sweeney's stable star glides through his races and better ground will suit. He's only seven and there may be better to come too.
Selection: MY FLORA Danger: Salsify