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and this big, imposing type gets a chance to vindicate his trainer’s beliefs on his eagerly-awaited chase debut. Impressing with the manner of his victory on his first start for the Warwickshire handler over hurdles here last season, the son of Kayf Tara worked his way through to the Albert Bartlett at the Cheltenham Festival, where he ran a fine race to finish a creditable fifth behind Martello Castle. Despite that excellent effort, his trainer was slightly disappointed with that return, citing that he felt he never really had him right after that initial run at Newbury and he would be a much bigger and stronger horse this term. Hopefully those sentiments prove correct that this contest looks the ideal starting point for a novice of his potential and he makes plenty of appeal at the prices despite not having faced a fence in public.