Oleg ran just twice for Paul Nicholls last season, winning at Kelso and finishing second at Chepstow. He’s had only six career starts and connections are wasting no time putting him over fences but another four-year-old, ISAAC WONDER, already has vital experience over the larger obstacles and races off the same mark. Majestic Touch was third at Worcester on his chasing bow but Vinnie The Hoddie may have more scope.
Vinnie The Hoddie (IRE) 5-1 (11-6) Pressed leader, led after 4 out, not fluent 2 out, ridden and headed narrowly before last, no extra flat, 5th of 12, 9 3/4l behind Humble Hero (11-0) at Newbury 2m (4) gs in Mar.
Majestic Touch (IRE) 9-2 (11-4) Held up, pulled hard, closed after 5th, mistake 6th, struggling after 9th, well beaten 4 out, awkward and took remote 3rd last, 3rd of 6, 24l behind Mellow Ben (11-4) at Worcester 2m 4f (4) gd in Sep.
Isaac Wonder (IRE) 7-2 (10-13) Held up, closed after 5th, went 2nd before 6th, led 2 out, driven flat, just held on, won at Warwick 2m hcp (4) gs in Sep beating Twasn't The Plan (11-7) by shd, 5 ran.
Oleg (GER) 7-2 (11-0) Chased winner throughout and clear of field, pushed along before 3 out, well held before next, 2nd of 13, 4 1/2l behind Khage (11-13) at Chepstow 2m (4) gs in Apr.