Cyrname – Clarence House Chase
Paul Nicholls’ French import by Nickname, had a mediocre hurdle career before coming into his own over fences. A fourteen length winner on his debut at Huntingdon, he found the left handed Newbury not to his liking, tending to jump right before being defeated by Bigmartre. Declared for the Wayward Lad Novices’ Chase at Kempton over Christmas, which seemed a brave call by Paul Nicholls, Cyrname was up against the talented Shantou Rock but did not see another horse and made every fence a winning one, making all on the soft ground and relishing the return to a right handed track. His seven length defeat of Shantou Rock, with Tommy Silver in third, looks above average novice form and though Un De Sceaux is top class at two and a half miles, this improving six year old may just give Willie Mullins’ charge something to think about at a big price, especially if the ground is on soft side.
Testify – Altcar Novices’ Chase
With two wins from two starts over fences for Donald McCain and Trevor Hemmings, Testify has taken the scalps of the smart Tommy Silver and Clyne in novice chases at Bangor and Haydock. If declared, the exciting prospect of a clash with Rather Be could be on the cards and he will attempt to follow in the footsteps of Bristol De Mai and Waiting Patiently who took this race en-route to better things. This brother to the talented Wymott has proven his ability to handle testing ground, has course form at Haydock and will stay much further than two and a half miles so has to go close on Saturday but, looking forward, whether spring ground at Cheltenham or Aintree will suit, remains to be seen.