StanJames.com spokesman Rory Jiwani says, “There had been uncertainty over Peddlers Cross’ target over the last few days and McCain says he has opted for the Jewson because he hasn’t been able to school him as intensively as he would have liked. He was backed in from 7/2 to 3/1 for the Jewson earlier in the day, and last year’s Champion Hurdle runner-up remains that price at the head of the market.
“The Jewson has certainly added some risk for antepost punters since its inception last year, and Peddlers Cross Arkle backers will be forgiven for being disappointed at the change of plan.
“Peddlers Cross’ defection from the Arkle makes Sprinter Sacre an even stronger favourite for the race. We make Nicky Henderson’s Game Spirit winner 8/11 from even money to take the two-mile novice crown.”
Jewson Novices’ Chase NRNB (EW 1/4 1,2,3): 3 Peddlers Cross 4 Cristal Bonus 5 Sir Des Champs 6 For Non Stop 7 Al Ferof 8 Invictus, Champion Court 9 Solix 10 Bog Warrior, Call The Police 12 bar
Arkle Chase NRNB (EW 1/4 1,2,3): 8/11 Sprinter Sacre 3 Al Ferof 6 Cue Card 17/2 Menorah 16 Bog Warrior 20 Blackstairmountain 25 Cristal Bonus 33 bar