'Thistle' to warm up for Gold Cup glory
Expect Thistlecrack to shorten for the Timico Gold Cup by winning Cheltenham's BetBright Trial Cotswold Chase today.
This outrageously talented novice, so brave at his fences, will be given another genuine assignment with Many Clouds and Smad Place - previous winners of the race - in the line-up. However, nothing but a fall can surely stop him.
The 4/9 about Thistlecrack may not be for everyone but expect him to be popular in accumulators and he is a sight to enjoy for ITV4 viewers.
The big race, the Spectra Cyber Security Solutions Clarence House Chase, was switched after Ascot was frozen out last Saturday. Ar Mad, an intended runner then, stays at home, and Un De Sceaux should capitalise.
The Neptune Investment Management Classic Novices' Hurdle is much more open. Paul Nicholls has a smart chasing prospect in Topofthegame, which has the assistance of Noel Fehily.
The opening JCB Triumph Trial Juvenile Hurdle is a smasher of a clash between Charli Parcs and Defi Du Seuil. On the ground, the mount of Barry Geraghty gets the nod.
The lock of the day for many is Unowhatimeanharry in the galliardhomes.com Cleeve Hurdle. His unbeaten stretch looks set to continue and he can copperfasten his position as favourite for the Sun Bets Stayers Hurdle. It is really difficult to pick a hole in the nine-year-old.
There are three Grade Two contests at Doncaster, firstly the Albert Bartlett River Don Novices' Hurdle, in which the nicer ground should not inconvenience Give Me A Copper.
In the Sky Bet Lightning Novices' Chase, the small field brings the raw speed of Forest Bihan into play. An excellent jumper, his form behind Waiting Patiently reads well.
Take Vroum Vroum Mag to bolt up in the olbg.com Doncaster Mares' Hurdle, her final start before Cheltenham.