Unsinkable Boxer was deeply unimpressive in beating Spendid (who was conceding 4lb) by just a head in a novices' chase at Warwick. On this evidence, he has no chance in the Gold Cup, little more in the Royal & SunAlliance Novices' Chase and would be better off in the Stayers' Hurdle.
Behrajan - entered for the Supreme Novices' Hurdle, SunAlliance Hurdle and Triumph Hurdle - did his pros-pects no harm with a victory at the Midlands track. Flagship Uberalles, who beat sole rival Tresor De Mai, is now a real contender for the Arkle Challenge Trophy Novices' Chase.
Coral and Ladbrokes are betting on some of the handicaps at the Festival.
NATIONAL HUNT HANDICAP CHASE (3m1f, Cheltenham, 16 March): Coral: 9-2 Island Chief, 8-1 Eulogy, Step On Eyre, Kendal Cavalier, 9-1 Random Harvest, Fiddling The Facts, 12-1 Go Ballistic, 16-1 Dr Leunt, Sparkling Cone, Even Flow, Linden's Lotto, 20-1 Fine Thyne, Macgeorge, 25-1 Torduff Express, Dom Samourai, King Lucifer, Betty's Boy, Papillon. Ladbrokes: 10-1 Island Chief, Step On Eyre, 14-1 Dr Leunt, Eulogy, Fiddling The Facts, Random Harvest, 16-1 All The Aces, Calling Wild, Clever Remark, Earthmover, Go Ballistic, King Lucifer, Macgeorge, Papillon, Santa Concerto, Scotton Green.
CORAL CUP HANDICAP HURDLE (2m 5f, Cheltenham, 17 March) Coral: 6-1 Galant Moss, 10-1 Melody Maid, Sir Talbot, Castle Sweep, Kings Measure, 12-1 Easter Ross, 14-1 Torboy, Amitge, 16-1 Rainbow Frontier, 20-1 Supreme Lady, 25-1 Teaatral, L'Opera, Globe Runner, Allegation.
MILDMAY OF FLETE HANDICAP CHASE (2m 4f 110yds, Cheltenham, 17 March): Coral: 6-1 Tidebrook, Potentate, Mr Strong Gale, 8-1 Monnaie Forte, Gris D'Estreval, 10-1 Listen Timmy, 12-1 Dr Leunt, Senor El Bettruti, 16-1 Wayward King, Flying Instructor, Super Coin, Jathib, 20-1 Sparky Gayle, Pete The Parson.
COUNTY HANDICAP HURDLE (2m 1f, Cheltenham, 18 March): Coral: 6-1 Toast The Spreece, 7-1 City Hall, 10-1 Master Beveled, 12-1 Ismemo, 14-1 Shantarini, Tidjani, Saw-Id, 16-1 Archive Footage, Toto Toscato, Sir Talbot, 20-1 Effectual, Serenus, Polar Prospect, Kathryn's Pet, Sadler's Realm.Reuse content