Trained by Nicky Richards, the six-year-old was an impressive winner at Ayr at the end of last season, beating Alan King’s Valdez, who was not beaten far in the Arkle, by 20 lengths.
On his comeback this season he was sent to his local track at Carlisle and attempted to give 6lb to subsequent Hennessy Gold Cup winner Many Clouds and had Jonjo O’Neill’s Cheltenham Gold Cup hope Holywell well back in third.
Richards could not have been happier with his comeback and believes this Grade Two looked the logical next port of call.
“We’ve always thought the world of him and Carlisle was another step in the right direction,” said the Greystoke handler.
“The thing is he hasn’t got that much experience in the top races, even over hurdles. He’s a great big six - soon to be seven-year-old and everything is all in front of him still.
“Trip-wise I’d say he’s a bit similar to Monet’s Garden. I saw an old Tingle Creek the other day and he got left going to the third-last then powered up the hill and I could see this lad running a similar sort of race in a top-class two-miler.”