RISE & SHINE; NEWSBOY'S C4 SELECTIONS; Top-weight Sausalito fancied to land back-to-back victories for Hobbs.
SAUSALITO SUNRISE can give his rivals weight and a beating to repeat last year's win in the BetVictor Handicap Chase (1.50).
Twelve months ago, the eight-year-old - trained by Philip Hobbs (below) - competed from a BHA rating of 144 when landing this prize by a length and a quarter from Upswing.
Richard Johnson's mount is a stone higher this around - but there plenty of reasons to believe Sausalito Sunrise can overcome the rise in the handicap.
Subsequent to last year's triumph, my selection chased home a back-toform O'Faolains Boy at Newbury nine days before Christmas, returning to the winner's enclosure when thumping Vieux Lion Rouge by 12 lengths at Ascot in February.
Sausalito Sunrise turned in a rare hollow effort when fourth to Many Clouds at Kelso in March.
But there was much more to like about his third in first-time cheekpieces - retained today - to The Young Master in the bet365 Gold Cup at Sandown on his final outing of last season, and, despite top weight, he's 1lb lower in the weights here.
Edged out by the Hobbs pair Golden Doyen and For Good Measure at Cheltenham's Showcase fixture last month, WILL O'THE WEST can go two better in the handicap hurdle (3.00).
Henry Daly's horses invariably come on for their return, so the fact Will O'The West - who should relish this extended hep three-mile, one-furlong trip - could get within a short head and ahead of first place bodes well for his second start of the campaign.
A clutch of improving types assemble at 3.35, but of the lot could be MIDNIGHT SHOT.
Having accounted for Zarib at Fontwell at the beginning of last month, the Charlie Longsdon six-year-old made all for a comfortable three-and-aquarter-length margin here 20 days later and looks sure to give another good account from a 7lb higher perch.
At Wetherby, SHADOWS LENGTHEN makes appeal despite having to concede weight all round in the totescoop6 Handicap Chase (2.05), while SAKHEE'S CITY gets the nod in the 3.15.
GO ON MY SUN! Sausalito Sunrise in winning form at Cheltenham
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|Publication:||The Mirror (London, England)|
|Date:||Nov 12, 2016|
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