Fidelio Vallis is two from two over fences in 2021, jumping fluently and putting in commanding runs from the front in both races. This is the next step up in terms of opposition but his no-nonsense way of running will be his strongest asset again so with the horse, trainer and jockey all continuing in fine recent form he looks to have an excellent chance of notching the hat-trick.
Topofthecotswolds has been plying his trade over hurdles in recent months and all prior chase victories have come over longer trips at Stratford, so its is interesting to see him turned out back over the larger and over a shorter trip and although he is a talented individual it's difficult to gauge his chances given the above and the poor recent form of the stable.
Numitor won his first two over fences but both those victories came in testing conditions and he was soundly beaten when last seen, while Shut The Box has been pretty consistent over fences and finally got his nose in front at Newbury last time out so could continue progressing.
FIDELIO VALLIS (WIN)
written by Dean Kilbryde