By Sam Turner For The Daily Mail
Published: 21:56 GMT, 1 February 2019 | Updated: 22:00 GMT, 1 February 2019
The profile of rookie rider Harry Kimber could get a boost on Saturday courtesy of PADLEYOUROWNCANOE (Sandown, nap, 3.00).
The young conditional has already partnered three winners from his first nine rides for boss Colin Tizzard, one of which was a proficient performance on the selection at Wincanton last time.
A step up beyond two-and-a-half miles produced further improvement from the Nayef gelding, who comfortably recorded a career-best with a strong staying display to see off the useful Monbeg Theatre after the final flight. The five-year-old is stepping into the unknown, having never raced over three miles. But he required staying trips on the Flat to show his best and his latest win suggested he could thrive on a stiffer test.
Profile of rider Harry Kimber could get boost on Saturday courtesy of Padleyourowncanoe
Kimber’s mount appears to prefer a right-handed track with his form figures reading 1121 as opposed to left-handed stats of 3440236 and he gains the nod over Ballymoy and Folsom Blue.
Buveur d’Air (Sandown, 1.50) should enjoy a routine pre-Cheltenham spin, so there may be more worthwhile Festival clues courtesy of the Irish Champion Hurdle when Melon (Leopardstown, 1.25) could lower the colours of Apple’s Jade.