As was the case yesterday, Perth again stages the reappearance of an exciting jumper, this time in the shape of Champion Court (3:30) who is fancied to land a competitive novices’ chase on his debut over fences.
Martin Keighley’s six-year-old won a bumper in Ireland before joining his current yard and he made an immediate impact in England, winning a Grade 2 novice hurdle at Cheltenham last November on his debut over timber.
On his third and final start over the smaller obstacles, the selection finished a highly creditable fourth to Bobs Worth in the Albert Bartlett at the festival in March and he has always been regarded as a high-class chaser waiting to happen.
At Newmarket Times Up (4:30) is expected to relish the step up to 2m and can land the Listed Jockey Club Rose Bowl.
John Dunlop’s five-year-old won at this level at York earlier in the year and has since shaped well in defeat, most recently when third in a hot renewal of the Geoffrey Freer at Newbury.
The course winner was available at 3/1 with VC on Wednesday evening.
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- AL FEROF won Supreme Novices’ Hurdle 10-1
- BENSALEM won Stewart Family Handicap 5-1
- BOBS WORTH won A Bartlett 15-8, 4/4 for year
- CAPTAIN CHRIS won Arkle Trophy 6-1
- FIRST LIEUTENANT won Neptune Investment 7-1
- (plus Grade 1 in Ireland 16-1)
- JAMES DE VASSY won Lanzarote Hurdle 8-1
- LONG RUN won King George 9-2, Gold Cup 7-2
- OSCAR WHISKY won Aintree Hurdle 6-1
- Peddlers Cross (Fighting Fifth Hurdle)
- Medermit (Scilly Isles Novices’ Chase)
- FINIAN’S RAINBOW (Maghull Novices’ Chase)
- WISHFULL THINKING (Manifesto Novices’ Chase)