Cue Card looked imperious as he dominated the Betfair Chase at Haydock last Saturday.
The 7/4 second favourite was always up challenging with favourite Silviniaco Conti throughout.
Jockey Paddy Brennan took the lead two from home and ended the contest fairly quickly winning by a margin of seven lengths.
He said: “The way he rode today he felt like a Gold Cup horse. He was unbelievable.”
Trainer Colin Tizzard was also full of praise for nine-year-old, saying: “I think the horse was sheer class yesterday.
“Just watching it was unreal, he was supreme yesterday.”
I can echo these statements, he won a tough race without having to ever get serious.
That to me was remarkable considering the opposition was so high class.
The King George on Boxing Day will now be the likely target and in that sort of form he will be tough to beat.
This weekend all the attention will be on the Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury, the three mile one furlong handicap chase is a fascinating race for the punters. The form of the race normally proves pivotal throughout the season.
Just like previous years it attracts some exceptional Grade One winners.
Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Coneygree will burden top weight, followed by the exciting Saphir Du Rheu. On a level weight Coneygree would clearly be odds on to come out on top but with 11 stones 12lb to carry it is a tricky race to call.
Having said that it all comes down to the price and 4/1 for last season’s Cheltenham Gold Cup winner is too good to turn away.
I can just imagine him turning this race into a gruelling stamina test, which then makes it difficult for one to come off the pace. Back him to win.
The 2:25 Long Distance Hurdle is also a nice race on the cards. Cole Harden and Whisper are the likeliest to fight out the finish.
I think the way Whisper beat this rival in the Liverpool Hurdle in May at Aintree was pretty decisive. Both horses have not been since that day and no doubt they will probably come on for the run.
Nicky Henderson has his team in fantastic form at the moment and Whisper is my pick.
The 1:50 Handicap Hurdle is not the easiest to predict. The horse I like without seeing the price is David Pipe’s Bidourey.
This four-year-old has been tasked with some difficult challenges recently which suggests connections rate him highly.
He seemed to weaken fairly quickly in the Greatwood Hurdle last time, now dropping back in distance as well as down in grade could see him in better light.
He clearly has ability and could be worth an each waywager.
1.50pm Bidourey 12/1.
2.25pm Whisper 4/1.
3pm Coneygree 4/1.