32Red ambassador Paddy Brennan gives the lowdown on his rides at Cheltenham on Sunday.
Ideally, he could have done without the rain on Friday night, but he must come here with solid each-way claims all the same. He has a lot that you look for in a race of this nature. He has big-field handicap form, having beaten the smart Cloudy Dream on good to soft in the Scottish Champion Hurdle and he then ran well in defeat off a 6lb higher mark in the Swinton. He ran a perfectly good race on his reappearance when fifth to Sternrubin at Ascot, not beaten far, and hopefully he will strip a lot fitter for the run. He is lightly-raced, too, so hopefully there is more to come from him. He should give me a good spin round in what is obviously a very competitive race.
This is normally a red-hot bumper and has been won by some good horses down the years, so it will obviously take a lot of winning. But I do like my horse. He is a winning pointer and he made a very promising bumper debut at Aintree in May. I rode him for the first time at Chepstow last month and I was very taken with him there, as he powered away to win by 7 lengths. Okay, he meets a far better level of opposition here but I certainly don’t think he will be disgraced. He’s a good prospect, and a pretty exciting one.