Pete the Feat goes into Saturday’s Betfred Classic Chase as the favourite to land the Grade Three contest after trainer Charlie Longsdon confirmed his participation at Warwick.
There were doubts about the ground for the long time ante-post favourite but he was declared fit to go at the 48-hour stage of declarations.
The nine-year old has won all five of his starts this season and is looking to keep his 100% record when he lines up against a maximum of 12 rivals for the 3m5f contest.
Longsdon’s chaser started the season rated 94 but soon moved up the ratings to his latest mark of 134 following his success at Newbury last month where he won the Betfred Mandarin Chase by five lengths.
His biggest threat this weekend could come from Bradley who is racing away from Cheltenham for the first time in five starts. His latest run at Prestbury Park was in a Grade Three handicap chase last month where he come home in fifth place on heavy ground over three miles.
He was also beaten by a neck by recent Welsh National winner Monbeg Dude in the Henrietta Knight Chase in November. Bradley went off as the 9/2 favourite for the race but just found one too good on the day from the 16 runners.
Restless Harry is also prominent in the market after winning at Newbury by 11 lengths on his most recent outing. The success was Robin Dicken’s runner’s third run of the season and his first win over fences.
The nine-year old has two Grade Two victories to his name over hurdles but is now looking to transfer that form over fences.
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