Friday, 27 October 2017

Showcase Day Two: Tom George and Singlefarmpayment target Cheltenham revenge

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Tom George is expecting Simplefarmpayment to pick up where he left off, as the handicapper returns to Cheltenham for the first time since his photo finish Festival defeat.

The seven-year-old ran out an impressive winner last December, before being brought down at that track a month later.

A favourite for the hotly-contested Ultima he battled on strongly towards the finish, only to lose out narrowly to David Pipe's Un Temps Pour Tout in a photo finish.

He' s rated 4lb higher for that narrow defeat and George is hoping for redemption at Cheltenham.

"He came back from his summer break looking good and we are happy with him at the moment," said the Gloucestershire-based trainer.

"We said we will take each step as it comes this season, depending on how the horse is, and see where we go.

"He progressed well last season and it will be interesting to see if he can carry that on this season."

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Philip Hobbs' popular chaser Balthazar King won this race in 2012 and 2013.

Neil Mulholland is expecting Doing Fine to have another good visit to Cheltenham.

The six-year-old ran out an impressive six length winner when last seen at this venue, and ran well over hurdles as a prep for this event.

“He ran very well for a lot of last year and he’s very consistent," said Mulholland.

“He really likes Cheltenham, and the ground should suit, hopefully he should make his presence felt”

Robinsfirth was travelling stronly when unseating rider Harry Cobden when last seen in January, On Fiddlers Green represents Henry De Bromhead.

Harry Fry saddles former Grade Two hero Henryville, whilst Cogry makes his first start since narrowly losing in the Scottish National.

The Gloucestershire challenge is strengthened by Kim Bailey's Sonneofpresenting and Fergal O'Brien's Perfect Candidate.

Bells 'N' Banjos, West Wizard, Lamb Or Cod, Tanit River and Minella Celebration also run.

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