CHELTENHAM 2013: The Big Question: Can Bobs remain unbeaten at Cheltenham?

Nicky Henderson's horse doesn't make many trips to the racetrack but when he does it usually results in victory.

In 11 career outings, he's won eight times, been runner-up twice and finished third on the other occasion.

That's a formidable record, and when narrowed down to his outings at Cheltenham it improves to a perfect four from four.

He won the a novice hurdle on his first trip to Prestbury Park and then followed up by beating subsequent Champion Hurdler Rock On Ruby.

He secured his third course success when landing the Albert Bartlett, and then returned last year to win the RSA Chase, with the 2011 Neptune Novices' Hurdle winner First Lieutenant behind.

He has only had one run since but it came in December’s Hennessy at Newbury, where he justified favouritism.

His three defeats have come at flat tracks, where he is most vulnerable. Stamina is his strongest suit and in today’s demanding conditions he won't be found wanting.

The only concern is his absence. But Barry Geraghty insists he never missed any work and the Meath rider is in very confident mood - with good reason.

Today's race is the type that could fall apart very quickly, with most having questions to answer.

Captain Chris, despite previous wins here, jumps out to his right and surely cannot do so and win.

Silviniaco Conti has done his best work on flatter tracks and his appetite for the hill must be proven.

Bobs Worth's stable companion Long Run wears cheekpieces for the first time - will they bring out the best or light him up too much?

Sir Des Champs also seems to love this track and should relish the trip, but he hasn't done anything to deserve to be as short as 4-1. And the ground may have gone against him.

The others, including last year's runner-up, The Giant Bolster, don’t look good enough.

If his fitness is taken for granted, Bobs Worth is unquestionably the most solid option.

I won't be surprised if Long Run edges him out, but I will be shocked if Bobs Worth is not fighting it out at the death.

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