Caid Du Berlais can exploit the handicapper’s leniency by claiming a significant Cheltenham double in the Caspian Caviar Gold Cup.
Paul Nicholls’ five-year-old has only gone up 5lb for winning the Paddy Power Gold Cup last month, and this looks far easier.
That he has only raced four times over fences would also suggest there is a great deal more to come.
Caid Du Berlais was delivered by Sam Twiston-Davies with almost surgical precision in the Paddy Power, in which he took the not inconsiderable scalp of Johns Spirit by a head.
Indeed, the winning margin, and, consequently, his reassessed mark, may have been greater had there been a stronger tempo from the outset.
Conditions are likely to be less forgiving than in the Paddy Power, but Nicholls’ inmate has won over hurdles on better ground and does not have the likes of Johns Spirit, who had been a leading ante-post figure, to contend with.
He rates a solid shout to follow in the hoofprints of Pegwell Bay, Senor El Betrutti and Exotic Dancer to complete the Gold Cup double.
Rock On Ruby can remind everyone of his gifts by taking top honours in the Osborne House Relkeel Hurdle.
The 2012 champion hurdler has rather slipped off the radar since he had a try at chasing, but he is still only nine years old and therefore a genuine threat to all-comers at a discipline in which he has largely excelled.
Harry Fry’s representative illustrated at Wincanton last month that he still has enough wherewithal in Graded class by finishing a close fourth with top weight in the Elite Hurdle.
Rock On Ruby should be a fair bit sharper with that blow-out in safe-keeping and is, just as importantly, in receipt of a healthy chunk of weight from several of his main rivals.
The StanJames.com International Hurdle revolves around The New One, who should not be unduly pressurised in his pursuit of back-to-back victories in the Grade Two.
* Selections -
CHELTENHAM: 12.15 Stars Over The Sea, 12.50 Un Ace, 1.25 Next Sensation, 2.00 CAID DU BERLAIS (NAP), 2.35 Blaklion, 3.10 The New One, 3.45 Rock On Ruby.
DONCASTER: 11.55 Hi George, 12.30 Border Breaker, 1.05 Mason Hindmarsh, 1.40 Trustan Times, 2.15 Starchitect, 2.50 Virak, 3.25 Zafranagar.
LINGFIELD: 11.45 Albert D’Olivate, 12.20 Beforeall, 12.55 Beau Lake, 1.30 West End Rocker, 2.05 Dunlough Bay, 2.40 Toby Lerone, 3.15 Assist.
SOUTHWELL: 12.05 Imaginary Diva, 12.40 Enzaal, 1.15 Frontier Fighter, 1.50 Dutiful Son, 2.25 Pat’s Legacy, 3.00 New Tarabela, 3.35 Tableforten.
TRAMORE: 12.10 Valyssa Monterg, 12.45 Duty Dance, 1.20 Mystical Dreamer, 1.55 Indian Fairy, 2.30 Company Coming, 3.05 Mallards In Flight, 3.40 La La Loopsey.
WOLVERHAMPTON: 5.45 Secret Glance, 6.15 Trojan Rocket, 6.45 Insolenceofoffice, 7.15 Black Dave, 7.45 Solar Deity, 8.15 Cascadia, 8.45 Harris Tweed, 9.15 Sir Billy Wright.
DOUBLE: Caid Du Berlais and Next Sensation.