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My Way to do it his way at Cheltenham.

With testing conditions likely at Cheltenham today, the stage could be set for My Way De Solzen to shine once again.

Although Alan King's seven-year-old won the World Hurdle at the Festival on good ground, this high-class gelding ideally prefers plenty of dig underfoot.

And in light of the recent wet spell, the Aquanti Group 'Dipper' Novices' Chase could be there for the taking.

My Way De Solzen looked the genuine article on his fencing bow at Lingfield in November when he put up a foot-perfect jumping display to land a two-mile beginners chase.

The form from that race has since stood up well as the third-placed Bongo Fury won at Chepstow next time up.

Things did not go Solzen's way at Sandown, however, when he found Fair Along too smart in the Grade Two Henry VIII Novices' Chase.

That said, he was giving 9lb to Philip Hobbs' front-running Arkle favourite on that occasion, while the ground was not as soft as connections would have wished.

Having won the three-mile staying championship last season, there should be no problems with this testing trip and he patently still has a lot going for him over bigger obstacles. Mariah Rollins may not yet have scaled the heights Nicky Henderson would have hoped for but still makes bags of appeal in the Unicoin Homes Chase.

A Grade One winner for former handler Pat Fahy, the nine-year-old mare has only run once for the Seven Barrows team.

That was at Exeter on December 14 when she was sent off the even-money favourite for a graduation chase.

Although she put up a stout jumping performance, Mariah Rollins could not get anywhere near the wily Sporazene.

She was a mile clear of the rest of them that day though and with the Henderson team flying, the step up to two miles and five furlongs could work the oracle.

A really competitive card at Exeter should yield rich pickings for Philip Hobbs' Dream Alliance, who is taken to land the Hatch Marquee Hire Novices' Chase over three miles and a furlong, weather permitting.

Martin Todhunter's Kilmackilloge was a runaway 17-length winner at Kelso in November and can go in again at Catterick while Pieter Brueghel has earned connections over pounds 100,000 in prize money over the years and should earn more in the Photo Albums From Bonusprint.com Handicap at Southwell.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jan 1, 2007
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