The Peterborough Chase is often targeted by Nicky Henderson, who has won four of the last 10 renewals at its usual home of Huntingdon.
Following the abandonment of Huntingdon’s fixture on Sunday, the race has been rearranged for Cheltenham with an eight-strong field, including last year’s winner Top Notch – trained by Henderson.
His stablemate MISTER FISHER is the more attractive proposition, though, as he is without a doubt the classiest horse in the field. This horse is, however, on somewhat of a recovery mission following his poor showing at Cheltenham last month, when he was never travelling and pulled up.
He did finish fourth in the Marsh Chase last season and that does set the standard in terms of horses with potential.
The top-rated Dolos is also not out of it. The biggest worry for him is that his jumping can let him down and he has made it harder for himself than he had to.
He was a good fourth off top weight in a competitive handicap in October and I do think he’ll run a big race.
While he’s rated 20lb lower than the top-rated horse in this race, RAGAMUFFIN is still very lightly-raced and has seemingly started to mature.
He won very well at Ffos Las recently and, with this largely-exposed field, I would take a chance on him to continue his progression.
Enforcement has looked like he has wanted to go back over 2m for a long time. On his first run at this trip for 18 months, he can run a big race.
The cross-country course can really bring improvement out in certain horses and BEAU DU BRIZAIS is one that looked right at home over this course last month.
It was his first try and he took very well to the fences, travelling strongly throughout. Had the runaway leader not got such a wide advantage turning for home, I think he would have won.
He should be ridden more prominently here and, while you need luck in this race, I think he’ll go very well under Michael Nolan.
Some Neck also took the Punchestown Banks course well last time. This horse, who won the Grade 2 Florida Pearl Chase two years ago, has slipped down the ratings and might not be too far away.
The final leg is a 3m handicap hurdle where 25lb splits the top and bottom rated horses in the race, and there is one towards the bottom of the list that I think will go very well.
COME ON TEDDY is still unexposed and is very lightly-raced. He’s run well in a handful of hurdle races, but he’s always shown that he’ll improve when he steps up to 3m.
He’s a strong travelling horse, who will no doubt be ridden out the back by Sam Twiston-Davies and will be played late. He’s got to improve lots to be competitive, but it’s not out of his reach.
Goodbye Dancer won this race off a mark that was 1lb higher last year and I suspect that this has been the target ever since then.
He’s not been in great form in 2020, but if he comes back to the form he was in last year he could go well.
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