Enhancing younger stayer Gericault Roque takes on 14 rivals in a aggressive renewal of the Agetur UK Ltd Traditional Handicap Chase at Warwick, with jockey Tom Scudamore assured he holds ” likelihood”.
The David Pipe-trained six-year-old has been positioned in all three begins over fences, together with when a size and 1 / 4 behind Saint Palais at Newbury final month, with the pair 11 lengths away from the remaining.
Scudamore is hopeful he can break his duck over fences on the fourth try within the Grade Three contest, run over three miles and 5 furlongs.
“It was an incredible run final time and he’s a younger, enhancing stayer and he seems an thrilling horse for the longer term,” stated Scudamore.
“He was overwhelmed by horse at Newbury and they’re each good, enhancing younger horses who pulled a good distance clear.
“Clearly the handicapper has had his say – he has put up us 6lb, and the winner went up 10lb.
“The type of his final two runs have labored out very effectively and also you’d prefer to assume he would have likelihood. He’s a horse we’ve got all the time preferred.
“It’s a aggressive race, however these large handicaps are, and that is the extent we expect he’s at.”
The race may very well be one thing of a household affair, as his eight-time champion bounce jockey father Peter Scudamore assists companion Lucinda Russell, who saddles Corach Rambler.
The eight-year-old remains to be a novice and had the choice of working within the Hampton Novices’ Chase earlier on the cardboard.
Nonetheless, slightly than choosing the three-mile occasion, he bids for a hat-trick over this additional distance, having adopted up victory at Aintree with one other at Cheltenham over an prolonged three miles and one furlong final month.
Scudamore stated: “The Hampton appeared a really troublesome job for him and I could not see him beating Paul Nicholls’ horse (Threeunderthrufive).
“I feel Corach Rambler might want to enhance on something he has proven to win, however there may be hope, stepping up in journey.
“His dam’s sister gained over three miles. There may be hope, slightly than nice confidence.
“He was a six-year-old point-to-pointer after we purchased him to win a race at Hexham – and he has gained at Aintree and Cheltenham, so I am delighted with him. He has been a beautiful horse for The Ramblers syndicate.
“He’s a novice however he’s an eight-year-old and he’s sturdy sufficient to do that. He appears in nice kind.
“We’re in search of an enormous run, however I usually assume it’s more durable for the highest weights in these long-distance races. He effectively deserves his likelihood and it’s a £100,000 race, so I hope he does a One For Arthur!”
The Alan King-trained Notachance gained this race final 12 months below Tom Cannon and runs off the identical mark sporting a first-time visor, having been pulled up in three of his 4 subsequent begins.
Cannon stated: “He was good within the race final 12 months as he entered it on the crest of a wave. He had gained his earlier race at Bangor and issues have been going his means.
“He was an up-and-coming horse. He gained the Traditional Chase, then after that he pulled up barely lame at Haydock subsequent day trip.
“He simply misplaced his confidence a bit and when he went for the Scottish Nationwide he had not had one of the best preparation going into it, so you may draw a line via the top of final season with him.
“He went to Newcastle first day trip this season and was most likely all the time going to want the run, however he confirmed a bit extra at Haydock final time.
“This has been the plan because the begin of the season. It was good that he confirmed that bit extra at Haydock the final day and hopefully he’s coming to the boil properly.”
Evan Williams is hoping the bottom will likely be appropriate for No Rematch, who signed off final season with a formidable win in heavy floor at Chepstow, however pulled up on his seasonal return at Exeter after 10 months off.
“I feel he wanted the run,” stated Williams. “Quite a lot of ours have missed the autumn as a result of it was too dry. Tomorrow is likely to be dry sufficient for us and I’ll take a look on the observe, as a result of this can be a horse who desires correct delicate floor.
“I just like the horse, however I’d say he’s a correct winter floor horse.”
There are 4 last-time winners within the line-up and so they embody 11-year-old Head To The Stars who landed a three-mile handicap at Ludlow final month, following his truthful third over the identical journey at Warwick.
Coach Henry Daly stated: “He produced a pleasant run final time. Three-miles-five is ok for him. He appears in good order. He does have the flexibility to throw a shocker in for no matter motive, however that’s simply him.
“At Perth, again in April, he had a really authentic excuse. He managed to place his entrance toes within the open ditch, which most individuals did not see and he was pulled up, fairly moderately, however he ran effectively at Warwick in November and gained effectively at Ludlow. He’s in good order.”
In a deep renewal, large yards are additionally represented by Padleyourowncanoe (Dan Skelton), Achille (Venetia Williams), Eclair Surf (Emma Lavelle), Grace A Vous Enki (Paul Nicholls), Jerrysback (Philip Hobbs) and The Hole Ginge (Nigel Twiston-Davies).