BROWN ADVISORY NOVICES’ CHASE
2.10: GRADE ONE — 3 MILES, ½ FURLONG
in THE REAL WHACKER, trainer Patrick neville clearly has a horse capable of competing at the top level, an opinion crystalised by the decision to enter him as a novice in this year’s Boodles Gold Cup. An unconsidered 10-1 chance for both of his Cheltenham successes this term, the market has finally woken up to the abilities of the son of Mahler, who possesses all the attributes required to hand his talented trainer a fairytale hat-trick at Cheltenham.
His appetite for jumping, confirmed stamina and love for Prestbury Park are three brilliant attributes, while the rhythm he has found in his two previous visits could make him tricky to overhaul. Favourite GERRI COLOMBE has been touted as a future Gold Cup candidate by his handler and will be tough to beat, while THUNDER ROCK has a chance at a tall price.