Racing: King George winner to prove his stature

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The former National Hunt jockey Steve Smith Eccles (right) gives a runner-by runner analysis of today's Pillar Chase at Cheltenham.

Addington Boy: This fellow is having his first run for a long time, and Gordon Richards's string is under a cloud. Talented, but best watched this time.

Barton Bank: After two good runs, the old boy was well below par in the King George at Kempton on Boxing Day. If he returns to his best he could run into a place.

Callisoe Bay: Winner of three of his four races this term, including Wincanton's John Bull Chase. This giant of a horse is finally getting his jumping together and although stepping up in class, he has long had a big reputation.

Cyborgo: Pulled up on his only outing this year in the Welsh National, when he went off as favourite. Martin Pipe's horses have not been firing on all cylinders, which puts me off this one.

Rough Quest: Placed in his two starts this term against top-class company, he is sure to run well if the ground is soft and can be expected to arrive late on the scene in his customary style.

See More Business: Shot into the Gold Cup picture with an emphatic victory in the King George. He needs soft ground to show his best form, and if conditions are in his favour, look no further.

Yorkshire Gale: Completed only once in his last four outings. Josh Gifford's grand old chaser has his problems and I would be surprised to see him fighting out the finish.

Conclusion: SEE MORE BUSINESS is a class horse who jumps well and should win if the ground is soft. Rough Quest also prefers cut and can run on for a place. If the ground dries up, Callisoe Bay would be worth a punt as he is beginning to live up to his reputation.

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