RACE seven on Day one is Close Brothers Novices Handicap Chase. Run over 2m 4f this is usually a hard one to call and the closest handicap there is. Two years ago only 5lb separated the field.

It is vital that you can spot horses that are capable of improving when looking to find the winner and it just so happens that I have a good eye. I still call this race the Jewson and it has been good to me over the years, first run in 2005, and is a race for Novices rated 0-140.

Novices Handicap Chase

Hells Kitchen – Harry Fry 12-1 10bet

Only four runs to date and his best performance by far was when second to Different Gravy at Ascot, he does run a bit too freely but a race like this at Cheltenham is sure to suit. It’s guaranteed to be run at a fast pace which in turn will help this horse settle. I said it was vital to spot horses that can improve, that have potential and I say that’s this horse.

Blazer – Willie Mullins 12-1 10bet

Another horse that has scope for improvement is this one, he is lightly raced and on a very good competitive handicap mark. I liked his run in December when splitting A Genie in Abottle and Mall Dini. His last run at Cork in January also looked eye catching, could be a big player in this for JP McManus.

I have only reviewed two horses in this race because I am confident if both turn up then we are looking at the winner with one of them


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