Fago Aims To Bounce Back At Sandown Park

Fago blotted his copybook when suffering a suprise fall in Warwick's Kingmaker Novices' Chase earlier in the season, but Paul Nicholls former French raider will look to return to winning ways and most importantly produce a clear round of jumping in Sandown Park's Kilbrittain Castle Novices' Chase on Friday.

Having been handed quotes of around 10/1 for the Arkle Challenge Trophy after his impressive debut victory at Newbury, the Ditcheat then suffered an early fall at Warwick and Nicholls is eager to get some more experience into his Cheltenham Festival hope and he has been handed a relatively straightforward task on Friday.

A small field of three runners will go to post for the 2m contest and Fago is expected to go off an odds-on jolly for the contest and with Ruby Walsh making the trip over he should have all the tools for a confidence-boosting round of jumping with Gallox Bridge and Kapga De Cerisy likely to prove inferior.

If he can produce the goods then his price in the 2013 Arkle market may harden considerably, but he will need to improve immeasurably if he is to trouble the top two in the market with SImonsig and Overturn offering strong form lines over the larger obstacles.

Simonsig has beaten his rivals with aplomb this season and last year's Neptune winner is already odds-on to lift the crown on the opening day of the Festival, but in Overturn there is a lively opponent who has shown his class since making the late transition from the hurdling sphere and he will be aiming for another Festival placed finish after ending up second to Rock On Ruby in last year's Champion Hurdle.

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