Racing: Steve Smith Eccles analyses today's Victor Chandler Handicap Chase

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Celibate: Amateur rider Noel Fehily is good value for his 7lb claim but Celibate is not exactly a potent threat. He was trounced 11 lengths by Get Real over course and distance last time and has plenty to find with only a 3lb pull.

Hill Society: The ground is a worry for this Irish raider who has delighted his trainer, Noel Meade, and is a classy performer on his day.

Call Equiname: Tough task on his first outing for over a year.

Flying Instructor: Always runs a genuine race but is a little one-paced. He would almost certainly be better suited by an extra half-mile.

Cumbrian Challenge: Won the Castleford Chase at Wetherby last time out and reported to be in good form at home.

Monnaie Forte: Subject of an ante-post nibble but does not have the benefit of a previous run this season. Nevertheless, he has a decent chance.

Manhattan Castle: This Irish challenger has been a fair horse in his time but is up against it now.

Get Real: Impressed punters with a superb fencing exhibition over course and distance last time. His stable is in cracking form.

Conclusion: GET REAL has an outstanding chance. Mick Fitzgerald has been fasting to avoid putting up too much overweight and should be rewarded with another big-race scalp. Celibate is sure to be thereabouts, while Cumbrian Challenge can run a big race.

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