Baltimore Rock put himself in the frame for a crack at a possible £100,000 bonus after landing the William Hill Imperial Cup at Sandown Park.
Hills offer the prize if the winner of the Imperial Cup goes on to triumph at the Cheltenham Festival and Baltimore Rock (7-1) satisfied the first criteria after Tom Scudamore produced him with a perfectly timed run to challenge Gassin Golf.
Chartreux gained his first win in over a year with a gallant staying display in the williamhill.com Mobile Cheltenham Money Back 2nd Handicap Chase at Sandown.
Tom George's nine-year-old had seemingly lost his way after a troubled trip in the Kim Muir at last year's Cheltenham Festival, but appeared to be getting his act together again when coming to grief three out at Kempton in January.
Sandown’s EBF Final graces the Esher course’s competitive Saturday card, and this tight-knit contest is invariably won by a decent horse. Philip Hobbs has long had this valuable race in mind for Horizontal Speed and he should run really well.
The big guns are out at Wolverhampton this afternoon and Channel 4 will be showing the 7f Listed contest at 2.20 as well as the Lincoln Trial at 2.55. The latter event looks the one to tackle from a draw perspective, as it has proved difficult to win from stall 1 in big-field 1m141y handicaps here.
Forget 'Twist', 'Stick' and 'Buy'. The thing to concentrate on with Cheltenham Pontoon Challenge is the 21 tips you'll have competing with others for a share of £500 in Free Bets. Starts Tuesday 11th March.