Sam backed to shine in Pertemps
Paul Nicholls believes the step up to three miles will play to the strengths of Sam Winner in the Pertemps Final at the Cheltenham Festival.
The six-year-old gelding is ante-post favourite for the coveted Listed affair next Thursday after he defeated Peddlers Cross in a "jumpers' bumper" at Kempton in January.
Although he has had just one start over hurdles this season, when fifth in a Pertemps series qualifier at Sandown in December, Sam Winner was a Grade Two winner at Cheltenham in his novice days when he pulled 15 lengths clear of leading Champion Hurdle hope Grandouet.
"He was really only half-ready at Sandown," Nicholls told the Independent.
"I don't think we've seen the best of him yet over hurdles, and three miles will bring out the best in him."