Brother Tedd has the constitution to manfully defy top weight in the William Hill Lanzarote Hurdle at Kempton.
The Philip Hobbs-trained seven-year-old will not find it easy at the summit of the handicap, but he is unbeaten in three previous races at the course and is still progressing.
Brother Tedd looks a Graded performer from what he has hitherto achieved over hurdles, winning four times from nine outings. He looked especially useful over course and distance at the beginning of November when he thumped none other than Silviniaco Conti, who was admittedly giving away bags of weight.
Brother Tedd was then sent into action at Ascot when a rather stop-start pace did not help his cause in the Grade Two Coral Hurdle.
That said, he was only beaten two and a half lengths by Rock On Ruby, with the runner-up Court Minstrel only a short head in front of him at the line.
The Hobbs team will not want too much more rain, but Brother Tedd has won before on soft ground so that might not be that big an issue if the going gets tough.
Dangers abound in what is always a difficult race, but the Minehead representative might just have that touch of class which is always required in the Lanzarote.
Jonjo O’Neill is a little wary about the Chepstow ground for Upswing, but his fears can swiftly be allayed if he does what is expected of him in the Coral Welsh National.
Twice a winner in the heavy stuff, the JP McManus-owned eight-year-old has long been targeted for this race, and the plan can come together nicely for Barry Geraghty.
Upswing confirmed his aptitude for a stamina test at Cheltenham in November, when a close second to Sausalito Sunrise in the Murphy Group Handicap Chase, and has been given a nice little break in preparation for the Welsh National.
O’Neill won this race with future Gold Cup hero Synchronised in 2011 and he looks to have another ideal McManus improver in his care.
Wavelet did not convince everyone when she broke her maiden over course and distance in December, but there is hope she can bring up a Lingfield double in the 32Red Casino Fillies’ Handicap.
1.10 Gevrey Chambertin
2.55 Subtle Grey
3.25 Otago Trail
2.00 Ptit Zig
2.35 Brother Tedd (nap)
3.10 Harry’s Farewell
3.45 Jumps Road
1.20 Hombre Rojo
1.55 Perfect Alchemy
2.30 Captain Cat
3.05 King Of Spin
1.10 Kingsley Klarion
1.40 Northside Prince
2.40 Zaeem (nap)
3.40 Midnight Destiny