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  • 14:05 Steel Plate And Sections Novices' Chase2m 4f 110y

  • £20,000 added 4yo+ 4 ran
  • Winner £12,512 2nd £3,696 3rd £1,848 4th £924
  • Going: Good-Good to Soft in places; Cross country: Good.
  • Surface: Turf
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  • Winning time: 5m 31.10s
  • Off time: 14:06:49

Taquin Du Seuil set for Cheltenham clash with Oscar Whisky

Last Updated: 14/11/13 1:21pm

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Taquin Du Seuil: Ready to take on Oscar Whisky

Taquin Du Seuil: Ready to take on Oscar Whisky

Trainer Jonjo O'Neill should learn a lot more about Taquin Du Seuil's capabilities as a jumper after his clash with Oscar Whisky at Cheltenham on Friday.

The Steel Plate And Sections Novices' Chase is usually a good starting point for future stars over fences and has been won by the likes of Dynaste, Imperial Commander and Denman in recent years.

Nicky Henderson's Oscar Whisky is one of the highest profile of this season's intake of budding chasers as a multiple winner of Graded hurdles, even if he went off the boil when stretched to three miles in the Ladbrokes World Hurdle before being unable to repeat his Aintree Hurdle victories in 2011 and 2012.

Taquin Du Seuil, though, was good enough to win both the Winter and Challow novices' hurdles and has already been tried out over the larger obstacles when cruising home at long odds-on in a small field at Ffos Las last month.

There are only four runners again here and O'Neill said: "We were pleased we got a bit of experience into him at Ffos Las, but this is a very different task for him against Oscar Whisky.

"He's in good form, everything has gone well since his first run, and let's hope he runs well."

Dai Walters, owner of Oscar Whisky, revealed last week that his horse was working well ahead of this engagement: "He's in good form and Nicky tells me he is jumping well, so fingers crossed all goes nicely at Cheltenham."

Also lining up are the Rebecca Curtis-trained The Romford Pele, who was a respectable second to Balder Succes at Chepstow, and The Cockney Mackem, who has more chasing experience but fell at the course last time.

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