Havingotascoobydo Favourite For Centenary Novices

Havingotascoobydo heads the market for the Centenary Novices Chase this year at the Cheltenham Festival. The seven year old was denied by only a length to Ciceron last time out at Sandown over hurdles, but is expected to return to chase company for a shot at the novice race at Prestbury Park.

His last visit to Cheltenham was on New Year’s Day when he fell in the early stages of a Grade Three handicap race over 2m5f. He has won twice already this season though, both of them wins came in October at Ffos Las and Wetherby, respectively. Those following the 2012 Cheltenham betting will be keeping a close eye on his progress.

Nicky Henderson’s Triolo D’Alene has been progressing with each run this season and is now unbeaten in his last three starts. His latest success came at Ascot on his handicap debut. The five-year old went off at 7/2 and won by just over two lengths, carrying 10-8 on his back.

Bless The Wings will be returning to Cheltenham after he won the Timeform Novices’ Handicap Chase back in January. Alan King’s gelding has not been out of the first two in his three starts this season. He began his chase career with a narrow victory at Exeter in November. He was the unfortunate to finish second on Boxing Day to Our Mick at Kempton before the victory at Prestbury Park. Fans of Betfair Cheltenham Tips need to bear this in mind.

Irish hopeful Call The Police has ran just once in a chase company, that was in his success at Gowran Park in November. Willie Mullin’ seven year old was well backed, going off 4/5 favourite, but justified that support with a three length victory on soft ground where he was ridden by Paul Townend.