Trained in Northumberland by Pauline Robson, the six-year-old turned in a good display at Newcastle last month when he succumbed by just a nose to Blake Dean in a two-mile handicap hurdle.
Robson’s inmate has not been noted for his consistency since being sent handicapping, but a race of this nature should be within his radar.
He will also be fitter than at Gosforth Park as that was his first start since last April.
Scimon Templar was hardly flagging towards the line that day, though, so it is interesting to see connections give him another chance to shine over a longer trip.
One of the least exposed horses in this line-up, he should have enough about him to win off a mark of 94.
Hotgrove Boy looks the solution to the Download The BetVictor App Now Handicap Chase. He looked revitalised at Catterick on New Year’s Eve with a game second behind Proud Times on just his second start over fences. He finally appears to have found a niche in which to bring to an end an unwanted winless streak.
And The Man has hardly been slaughtered by the assessor for a convincing success here in January and can maintain the winning habit in the BetVictor’s Live Casino Handicap Chase.
He loves heavy ground and will again have conditions made to measure at the Scottish circuit.
Donald McCain should also be on the mark with Uppertown Cave in the Cheltenham Non-Runner Free Bet At BetVictor.com Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race.
The Cheshire handler paid £60,000 for the point winner at Brightwells last November and he quickly recouped a tiny fraction of that when winning a bumper at this track in January.
Related to Irish National winner Point Barrow, he struck by six lengths that day and should be more than capable of defying a penalty.
Apostle can make the most of the step back to seven furlongs in the Ladbrokes Handicap at Southwell.
David Simcock’s decision to try his charge over a mile last time narrowly failed to pay off as he was beaten just a length and a half when third in what appeared a competitive little heat at Lingfield.
While he will have to post a career best to win off that perch, Apostle is in fine heart and rates an interesting contender as he tries the Fibresand for the first time.