Favourite factor: Only four of the last 14 favourites have finished out of the frame, though five of the last 13 winners have scored at 100/1--50/1--25/1--11/1--11/2.
1.15: Two of the last 12 winners of this event went on to win the discarded Cathcart Chase at the Cheltenham Festival, whilst the 2005 winner (Lacdoudal) finished second in the inaugural running of the ‘Jewson’. The winner five years ago was Ping Pong Sivola who went on to finish second best to stable companion Something Wells in the ‘Freddie Williams’ whilst the 2009 winner (Hey Big Spender) was still going really well in the ‘Jewson‘ when exiting the contest. The 2012 winner Bless The Wings ran tenth in Hunt Ball’s contest, before the 2013 gold medallist Vino Griego ran second in the Byrne Group Plate at the Festival at odds of 11/1. The 2014 winner was made 7/2 favourite for the 'Kim Muir' but finished down the field. Last year's winner (Generous Ransom) was placed at 8/1 in the Listed Novice Handicap Chase at the Festival. Venetia Williams has saddled three of the last 11 winners of the race and her 8/1 representative twelve months ago (ASTIGOS) was beaten a neck when securing a Placepot position. Eight of the last 11 winners have carried a maximum weight of 11-3 which suggests that Un Temps Pour Tout is up against it here. Seven-year-olds have won four of the last nine contests which brings IMAGINE THE CHAT, KING'S ODYSSEY and JOHNNY OG into the equation alongside Venetia's other raider WALDORF SALAD.
Favourite factor: Just one favourite has prevailed thus far, whilst 11 of the last 13 favourites have finished out of the frame!
Favourite factor: The last 17 favourites have all been beaten, whilst eight of the last 16 market leaders have failed to claim toteplacepot positions.
Favourite factor: Six of the 18 favourites have won to date, offering punters a profit of £962.50 to one hundred pound level stakes. 10 of the 18 market leaders have claimed toteplacepot positions.
Favourite factor: Eight of the 10 favourites have secured toteplacepot positions, statistics which include three winners.
3.35: Paul Nicholls has secured three of the last seven renewals and his lone entry earlier in the week was PTIT ZIG who has been offered the green light to run over timber, having failed to complete the course on his last two chasing assignments. A winner of three of his 12 races over the smaller obstacles, it should be noted that PTIT ZIG finished in the frame on five other occasions and his entry adds interest to proceedings. That said, THISTLECRACK has won five of his eight hurdle ASSIGNMENTS thus far and on each occasion, Colin Tizzard's eight-year-old has looked a champion in the making. CAMPING GROUND was impressive last time out but at level weights, THISTLECRACK has to be the call.
Favourite factor: Four of the last eight favourites have won the toteplacepot finale. Six of the 10 market leaders have secured Placepot positions during the last decade.