The Webster Cup Chase is a valuable Grade Two contest and the race should be a good spectacle.
A TOI PHIL has to carry top weight but he looks to have a sound chance. Gordon Elliot's charge has to concede five pounds all round but he tops BTO+ ratings and his form this season shows how classy he is. A Toi Phil has only been beaten when he's been stepped up against better opposition and he takes a drop in class today. The son of Day Flight was an impressive winner of the Florida Pearl Novice Chase last November where the gelding scored by seven lengths. A Toi Phil also scored when he was stepping up against his elders in a valuable affair at Leopardstown and the gelding displayed a game attitude in the closing stages of the race. Although he was well beaten last time in the Flogas Novice Chase at Leopardstown, today's affair is a significant drop in class, which A Toi Phil will relish. The seven-year-old brags five positives on BTO+ ratings, one being Bryan Cooper's form on the chase course at Navan, which is 39% better than expected.
THE TULLOW TANK hasn't quite become the horse he had potential to be earlier in his career. The son of Oscar is a Grade One-winning hurdler but injury has prevented him from setting the racing world alight. The Tullow Tank hasn't won since November 2014 and has his first start since last July. The nine-year-old did produce a solid effort at Fairyhouse in 2015 where he was just beaten by Gilgamboa in the Ryanair Gold Cup Novice Chase. But, the gelding has to bounce back from a lengthy break off the track and The Tullow Tank was well beaten in the Galway Plate last time.
MOZALTOV carries the second string colours for Gigginstown but shouldn't be counted out. Mouse Morris' charge has scooped some good races during his career but has also had his share of problems. Mozaltov hasn't landed himself in the winners' enclosure for almost three years and he finished well behind Ballycasey last time out at Gowran. Nonetheless, the soft going will be to Mozaltov's advantage with his last win at Navan coming on a similar going.
NEARLY NAMA'D will have the services of Davy Russell, which can only be a positive. Sandra Hughes' runner racked up a double at Fairyhouse last season in handicap company, getting the better of Mozaltov in his second win. But, Nearly Nama'd finished well down the field in this sort of company in January 2016 and will have a fitness disadvantage having not run since then.
DOUBLE SEVEN is a former Grand National runner but is also making his seasonal reappearance. Given he's a former Grand National third, the gelding may find this trip too short.
Article Posted on Sunday 19th March 2017 @ 12.04
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