Popular Cheltenham Festival winner Peace And Co will aim to make it two out of two over fences in Southwell’s Vertu Vw Mansfield Novices' Chase (2:20).
Nicky Henderson’s six-year-old justified favouritism in the 2015 Triumph Hurdle, to land the Grade One prize by a neck ahead of stable companion Top Notch.
Plauged by injury, he has only had four starts over hurdles since his Cheltenham win where he failed to fire in the Champion Hurdle, Scottish Champion Hurdle and Swinton.
His chasing debut was very straightforward, as his neat jumping earnt him an eight length success at Hexham, and he’s fancied to follow up in this similar novice contest.
“We’re happy with him, and we were happy with how he ran over fences,” said the champion trainer.
“He jumped pretty well round there so everything’s been great. It wasn’t the hardest of races but neither is this one to be honest, we know what he is capable of.
“He’s been schooling pretty well since. Everything’s been good and all the signs are positive.
“We’re looking forward to taking him there, and hopefully seeing him jump well.”
His principal target for the 2018 Cheltenham Festival will be the Arkle, which trainer Nicky
Henderson won with the brilliant Altior this year.
But Peace And Co’s biggest danger of three rivals this afternoon, is Dan Skelton’s Azzuri, who makes his chasing debut.
The five-year-old was last seen struggling on the flat, but finished third in Aintree’s Juvenile Hurdle last season.
Kevin Frost’s Chieftain's Choice and Michael Chapman’s The Society Man complete the field.
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