Johns Spirit managed to hold off a spirited late surge from Colour Squadron to land the coveted Paddy Power Gold Cup last month and now the pair are set to clash on Saturday afternoon in what should be an ultra-competitive renewal of the December Gold Cup at Cheltenham.
The former was notch his second win at Prestbury Park in as many months for Jonjo O'Neill and he will be attempting to notch the hat-trick, but supporters of Colour Squadron will feel he can turn the tables and get his head in front, although there will be a host of lively contenders taking their chance in the 2:25pm heat.
Salut Flo was a former Cheltenham Festival winner and he could spearhead David Pipe's raid on the big race, whilst Paul Webber's Cantlow was a fine winner at Newbury last time out, where he got the better of Paul Nicholls's Grandioso and that pair could meet in this 2m 5f showpiece.
Elsewhere on the superb card on the second day of the International meeting, 2014 Champion Hurdle ante-post favourite The New One will put his festival credentials on the line when he locks horns with former Triumph Hurdle winner Zarkandar in the International Hurdle at 3:00pm.
Nigel Twiston-Davies's raider was a fine victor of the Neptune Novices' Hurdle in March and showed when trouncing Rock On Ruby on his comeback that he is a class act and he will aim to continue his rise up the ratings by getting the better of Nicholls's Zarkandar, who tasted defeat to the unbeaten Annie Power last time out.
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Colin Tizzard shed a tear as Cue Card stormed to an emphatic victory in the Betfair Chase and the West Country handler will be hoping that his dual Cheltenham Festival winner can do the business again on December 26 when he is set to line up in what could be a crackerjack renewal of the King George VI Chase at Kempton Park.
Al Ferof could be one of the leading challengers as he returned in style last time out at Ascot and will look to hand Paul Nicholls another win in the Boxing Day highlight, whilst the likes of David Pipe's Dynaste and former winner Long Run add intriguing depth to the Christmas feature.
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Johns Spirit fought off Colour Squadron in a cracking finish to the Paddy Power Gold Cup and the pair are set to meet again on Saturday afternoon as punters are ready for a cracking renewal of the December Gold Cup, which is one of the highlights of the two-day International meeting at Prestbury Park.
Cantlow was a fine winner at Newbury last time out and shaped as though there could be more to come this season, whilst the likes of recent Newbury winner Cantlow and Grandioso add significant depth to the 2m 5f showpiece.
Nigel Twiston-Davies's The New One will look to enhance his Champion Hurdle claims on Saturday as last year's Neptune winner and continue his meteoric rise up the ratings by storming to victory in the International Hurdle what is always one of the premier trials for the Cheltenham Festival showpiece.
This race has often attracted some first rate performers and this year's renewal should be no different and there will be a stellar line up for the Grade Two event that was won 12 months ago by the Paul Nicholls-trained Zarkandar.
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