Protektorat was a horse I noted last season in the hope he’d win the Coral Cup (he finished 10th). He was always keen in his racing and Skelton tried to settle him by dropping him in near the back, but he never reached his potential over hurdles.
On his fencing debut at Carlisle three weeks ago, new tactics were tried and seemed to suit him admirably. He made all, and I suspect that had more to do with his decisive performance than the change of discipline. He jumped like an old hand, impressing with his efficiency; nothing flash, just rhythm from fence to fence, though he’s not the most impressive mover in the world. He’ll bring back memories for those old enough to remember Ted McMinn the footballer.
If he jumps as he did at Carlisle I think he’ll win this on his way to better things. One note of caution on jumping; some novice chasers who put in a fine round on debut, find it difficult to jump as cleanly next time. I don’t know why, but do know it happens from time to time. No way of telling if that will affect Protektorat today, but bear it in mind with your staking.
Anyway, as always, never bet more than you can afford to lose anyway.
Protektorat: 2.50 Cheltenham: 6/4 with Bet365 best odds guaranteed.