Imperial Cup Preview

Mr Mole goes into the Paddy Power Imperial Cup at Sandown on Saturday looking to pick up a bonus ahead of Cheltenham next week.

The Paul Nicholls trained novice has an entry in the Country Hurdle at the Festival and, if he can be successful in both races, he will land connections an additional £75,000 in prize money.
The five-year old has tasted defeat just once so far in four outings, and that came at Wincanton in November.
His three wins include a success over the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle fancy Melodic Rendezvous at Exeter back in October and his most recent win was just last month where he came home ahead of five rivals, including Home Run at Taunton.
Opposition to Mr Mole  this weekend includes the Jonjo O’Neill-trained Tominator who is lightly raced over obstacles since making the switch from the flat.
The grey also has an entry in a number of races at the Festival. He warmed up for the Imperial Cup with a win at Sandown on his latest just a couple of weeks ago.
David Pipe has a couple of entries near the top of the market; his best chance is likely to come from the top weight Tanerko Emery.
He has been very consistent this season, and he has not been out of the frame in his five starts. He broke his maiden at Stratford back in October and followed that up with success in a novice hurdle at Sandown.
Kazlian, also trained by Pipe, is not much further behind Tanerko Emery in the betting for the feature at Sandown.  The five-year old has slipped down the handicap after two disappointing runs so far this season.
Keep an eye out for future blog posts over next week during Cheltenham when we will have preview’s of all the big races, bring you the best options including the Grand National Odds for the big race.


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