The David Pipe-trained Our Vic heads the weights with 11st 12lb after 26 horses stood their ground at today’s five-day confirmation stage. The 11-year-old landed the Paddy Power Gold Cup in 2005. The Paul Nicholls-trained Poquelin shares favouritism with stablemate Chapoturgeon, while Tarotino, trained by Alan King, is another well-fancied contender at 7/1 with the sponsor.
Latest Paddy Power Prices Poquelin 6/1 , Chapoturgeon 6/1, Tarotino 7/1, Tranquil Sea 7/1, My Petra 9/1, Northern Alliance 10/1, Tatenen 10/1, From Dawn To Dusk 16/1, Watch My Back 16/1, Ballyfitz 16/1, Bible Lord 16/1, Tartak 20/1, Akilak 20/1, Hold Em 25/1, According To Pete 25/1, I'm So Lucky 25/1, Three Mirrors 25/1, Jaamid 25/1, Our Vic 28/1, Il Duce 28/1, Pop 28/1, Gaelic Flight 28/1, Knowhere 33/1, Leslingtaylor 33/1, Commemoration Day 40/1, Island Life 40/1
The six-race programme on Saturday gets underway at 12.50pm with the £30,000 Grade Two Prestbury Novices’ Hurdle, which has attracted 13 entries including Barizan from the Evan Williams yard who has won his last four starts including a course and distance success at The Showcase on October 16. Saturday’s card also features the £20,000 Ultima Frontrunner In IT Solutions Novices’ Chase (1.25pm, 17 entries), the £30,000 Listed Jardine Lloyd Thompson Handicap Hurdle (3.10pm, 30 entries) and the £10,000 Ultima Business Solutions Novices’ Handicap Hurdle (3.45pm, .38 entries).