The trainer has had this race in mind for some time and didn't waste any time booking one of the best Irish amateurs for the ride before he got snapped up elsewhere. She was reportedly delighted with the prep run behind Bravemansgame and believes the horse will be better, the further he goes which bodes well here. The horse also jumps really well which is crucial over these 23 fences and we're arguably getting a better price due to the punters obsession with the Elliott/Mullins runners.
This contest is Ireland v Wales with Ireland holding 5 entries to Rebecca Curtis 2. The trainer won this race in 2012 with Teaforthree and Pats Fancy has a strange record of 13th and 2nd here at Cheltenham when raced in the Albert Bartlett. Our selection has made a decent switch from hurdling to chasing , finishing 3 lengths off highly rated Bravemansgame and winning 2 contests at Chepstow. That form looks on par with Vanillier and Stattler who head the market at a fraction of the price of Pats Fancy. I'd be willing to stick neck out on this selection for the win.
Two Chepstow wins in December and was second at Newbury in the only run this year. The switch to chasing has been impressive and I fancy Rebecca Curtis’ runner will stay the three mile plus distance. I am siding with Pat’s Fancy to land the National Hunt Challenge Cup Novices Chase.
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