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Champers On Ice looks to have the perfect profile for the 4m JT McNamara National Hunt Novices’ Chase on the opening day of the Cheltenham Festival.
The David Pipe trained seven-year-old had some very useful form his his name over hurdles last season, winning twice and posting some solid efforts in defeat.
Those include when third to Yanworth in a Grade 2 contest at this venue and a terrific third to Unowhatimeanharry in the Grade 1 Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle at the Festival.
Champers On Ice stayed on dourly in the latter, going down just 2 3/4 lengths and leaving the impression that he would have plenty more to offer when sent chasing this season.
That view was confirmed when he romped to a facile 27-length success on debut over the larger obstacles at Uttoxeter back in December.
Shapes like a thorough stayer
Champers On Ice jumped soundly apart from a slight mistake at the last to win with any amount in hand. He was then far from disgraced next time out when runner-up in a Listed contest over 3m at Warwick.
The gelding rallied and stuck to the task well, losing by 4 1/2 lengths to the highly-regraded American, looking like a thorough stayer in the process.
Connections then surprisingly dropped Champers on Ice back in trip last time out, but he shaped far better than the bare result suggests when a 21-length sixth of 14 to Royal Vacation over 2m 5f at this track.
After tracking the leaders, a slow jump at the second saw him drop to the rear of the field before staying on well from two out to be nearest at the finish.
Champers On Ice was always playing catch-up and the trip was clearly far too sharp to play to his strengths.
Proven course form a plus
To my eyes, Champers On Ice is an out-and-out stayer who will come into his own when given a really stiff test. He’s sure to get that in the National Hunt Chase.
Proven course form is also a big plus and Pipe came close to winning the race in 2015 when saddling Broadway Buffalo to finish runner-up to Cause Of Causes.
Vieux Lion Rouge also ran well to finish sixth for the Pond House handler in last year’s renewal for the same owners of Champers On Ice, and the selection has more class than both that pair.
You also need a top jockey for the National Hunt Chase, which is confined to amateur riders. Given his connections, Champers On Ice is sure to get a pilot with plenty of experience that will not be found wanting come the big day.
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Hurdle Bet recommended bet: Champers On Ice each-way at 20/1 with Paddy Power in the National Hunt Chase.
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