Flyer can book Festival ticket.
Commercial Flyer can boost his already strong claims for the Royal & SunAlliance Chase with victory at Leicester tomorrow.
Although Martin Pipe's charge is third-favourite at around 9-1 for the staying novice championship at the Cheltenham Festival in two weeks' time, that is purely on the strength of one run over fences.
And, impressive though it was, one more racecourse test will give him much-needed experience before the big day.
He would have been a little race-rusty at Taunton two weeks ago as he had not run since winning twice over hurdles at Perth and finishing fifth at Sandown in consecutive days last April.
Once he is ready to run he retains his form and his enthusiasm so it should not be a problem turning out again quite soon after his comeback.
Success in tomorrow's Rutland Water Novices' Chase should put Commercial Flyer, owned by Pipe's main patron David Johnson, spot on for Cheltenham.
Caribbean Cove, a winner at Leicester four weeks ago, can follow up in the Sherwood Rangers Yeomanry Handicap Chase.
The eight-year-old steps back up in trip three furlongs after beating Parish Oak by a length.
That was his first race for four months since owner Paul Beck switched him to Venetia Williams' Hereford yard from Richard Guest in County Durham.
He may not have won at the longer trip but he has run well over it so stamina will hopefully not be an issue, especially on a track that seems to suit.
The old adage of `horses for courses' can also work for Swallow Magic in the Leicester And Derbyshire Yeomanry Handicap Chase for amateur riders.
The eight-year-old, trained by Ferdy Murphy, came good at the East Midlands track three months ago when beating Walcot Lad by half a length.
He made most of the running over the course and distance that day and although he has been beaten twice at Mussel burgh since then, taking him back to Leicester will bring out a return to form.
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|Publication:||Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)|
|Date:||Feb 27, 2006|
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