East able to find way to Gold glory.
Alan Fleming's gelding didn't lack talent over timber and shrugged off a 258-day absence to finish fourth in the Martin Pipe Hurdle at the Festival back in March 2016.
Chasing was always going to be this scopey type's game and he slammed A Sizing Network on his fencing bow over 2m 2f at Thurles before running with credit in two-mile graded events.
Still progressive, TULLY EAST (2.25) relished the step up to 2m 4f when overcoming a troubled passage to land the Centenary Novices' Chase over course and distance in March.
The seven-year-old wasn't the same force back over two miles at Punchestown a month later but I'm willing to write off that no-show as he was clearly over the top after that hard race.
A 10lb higher mark obviously requires more but the son of Shantou remains unexposed over today's trip and should be primed after a fair pipe-opener over hurdles at Punchestown last month.
Owner Barry Connell said: "He's been to Cheltenham twice. He won last season and ran well in the Martin Pipe the year before.
"He seems to like the place and it looks an open enough race this year.
"Everything's gone well. We had a prep run over hurdles and he schooled over fences at Naas last weekend. We couldn't be happier.
"It's a nice pot. He's a courseand-distance winner and after he won in Cheltenham, we just felt it was the obvious race for him. It's a nice way to start off."
DOING FINE (1.50) rates a value bet in a competitive renewal of the BetVictor.com Chase.
Neil Mullholland's gelding has improved plenty since being stepped up to staying trips and landed a course and distance handicap in great style in April.
The nine-year-old caught the eye when a staying-on third over 3m 1f here last month and he remains on a fair mark back up in distance.
THOMAS CAMPBELL (1.50) can continue his rise up the staying ladder in the Regulatory Finance Handicap Hurdle.
Reasonable over shorter, Nicky Henderson's five-year-old improved enormously when hacking up on his first try at three miles at the Prestbury venue.
The Yeats gelding appeared to have plenty in hand that day and should have little difficulty in following up under James Bowen.
Nick Williams' DIABLE DE SIVOLA (3.30) can scorch to victory in the Martin & Co Hurdle.
The four-year-old was steadily progressive over two miles last season and signed off with a decent fifth behind stablemate Flying Tiger in the Fred Winter here in March.
The youngster came back with a good second behind Dashing Oscar over 2m 3f at Fontwell and can go one better off an unchanged mark.
Two on the box from Lingfield where VICTORY BOND (2.25) can rule for William Haggas in the Churchill Stakes.
The four-year-old wasn't at his best on Turf over the summer but returned to form by outbattling Boynton on the All-weather at Chelmsford last month.
The talented gelding remains lightly-raced for his age and can confirm the placings with his old rival back up in class.
MAZZINI (3.15) can power to victory in the Golden Rose for James Fanshawe.
Upwardly mobile Diable De Sivola can make rivals feel the heat for Team Williams
DIABLE TROUBLE Sivola (left) can scorch to victory under Lizzie Kelly
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|Publication:||The Journal (Newcastle, England)|
|Date:||Nov 18, 2017|
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