The quality of his jumping has resulted in connections confirming that Medermit will run in the Arkle Chase at the Cheltenham Festival.
Trainer Alan King had the dilemma of whether to pick the top two-mile novice contest or the Jewson Chase, which is run over the longer distance of 2m4f.
The decision has now been made to run Medermit over the former, despite a gutsy display over the longer trip at Sandown, when the seven-year-old repelled the late challenge of Captain Chris to win the totepool Challengers Novices’ Chase.
Medermit’s betting odds are now 6/1 to win the Arkle Chase and potentially give King a third victory in the race, following the successes of Voy Por Ustedes in 2006 and My Way de Solzen a year later.
King said: “Jockey Robert Thornton and I had a long chat and we feel the way he travelled and jumped on Saturday, he deserves a shot at the big one.
“Short or long, he was brilliant at his fences, very professional, and did everything we could have asked in what looked a proper race.”
The one thing that may be against Medermit is that the only completed race that he has lost since turning to the larger obstacles, was at Cheltenham.
Meanwhile, he has never won at Cheltenham in his five career starts at the course.
Finian’s Rainbow and Ghizao currently lead the Arkle Chase betting at 4/1, with the former set to enjoy his final preparation run in the grade two Kingmaker Novices’ Chase at Warwick this weekend.
Ghizao has already run three times this season and has also finished ahead of Captain Chris in each of his last two starts.
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