Cheltenham: Ericht can continue the top weight trend for Henderson

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In two of the three years since the Rewards4Racing Novices’ Handicap Chase was restricted to horses rated no more than 140 the top weight in the field has gone past the post first.

Ericht heads the weights this time around and should be a leading player in a race Nicky Henderson has done well in recent years.

The Seven Barrows stable has sent out three runners-up in this contest since 2006 with Copsale Lad (2006), Barbershop (2008) and Quantativeeasing (2011 all going close to landing the top prize.

Last year he saddled Rajdhani Express to victory and with the ground drying out in his favour Ericht can follow up last year’s success for the stable with Barry Geraghty onboard.

Another plus point for the 8-year-old is that four of the last five winners of this contest won last time out and the Henderson nag was successful at Musselburgh last month.

But eight of the last nine winners have finished in the top two on their last outing and that brings Manyriverstocross into proceedings.

The Alan King trained horse was third in last year’s County Hurdle and after a switch to fences this year King expects his charge to stay the 2m4f distance.

Ohio Gold could also be in the running for victory after a promising run at the course in January when fourth to promising sort Indian Castle and RSA Chase entry Annacotty.

Joe Tizzard’s mount was third in this last year off a 2lb higher mark and he looks good value for some each way money.

Irish horse Art of Logisitcs has chosen to run in this race rather than the Arkle and should be respected, while Attaglance is a former festival winner and could feature alongside Baby Mix.

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