WARRIORS TALE looks stand out value in the Sky Bet Chase at Doncaster on Saturday week.
Paul Nicholls classy chaser was beaten a head in this race last year - on his first visit to "Donny" - by track specialist Wakanda. That looked a perfect stepping stone for Aintree Grand National glory, but the marathon trip of the Liverpool spectacular proved a bridge too far.
He really took to the track mind, and just loved those unique fences.
So much so that he returned to Aintree last month and won the Grand Sefton, showing great grit and courage under Sean Bowen who gets on with him so well.
That was a career best, a big prize this consistent sort richly deserved. Now the Nicholls team have their sights firmly fixed on two more "big pots" this season, the Sky Bet on Saturday week and the Topham Trophy back at his beloved Liverpool.
Going left handed seems to suit, and while he's totally ground versatile - he won on both Good to Firm and Heavy in his Nicky Richards days - this Trever Hemmings owned gelding seems particularly effective on good to soft and there's every chance he will get those type of underfoot conditions.
Last year's winner Wakanda could reoppose - though he has other options before that this weekend - and while his form since has been nothing to write home about, a return to familiar surroundings could inspire.O O Seven, a good winner over track and trip last month, is another with various targets in the near future but would merit respect if turning up as most certainly would Gold Present.
There has been plenty of recent money for Mister Whitaker, though he could run in the Bet365 Chase at Ascot this Saturday instead. Some say he's being crying out for the three miles of the
Sky Bet, though possibly waiting tactics were overdone last time when he was fourth over two and a half miles at Cheltenham.
Yet whatever way we look at it it's hard to get away from Warriors Tale. Beaten a whisker in this last year he comes here in better form now after a career best run last time out and with the Nicholls stable in red hot form.
Ladbrokes and William Hill, who both know the time of day, chalk up 14/1. Not bad, but the 16/1 available everywhere else must be snapped up particularly with all firms paying the first four places. Go for it!
WARRIORS TALE 0.5 point each way 16/1 generally.