Captain Chris 2011 Held in the highest regard by connections, Diana Whateley's gelding thumped his two rivals in the Pendil
and then went on to power away from subsequent Champion Chase hero Finian's Rainbow in the A rk le.
Watch for late Festival clues in the Adonis Hurdle, Pendil
Novices' Chase and Dovecote Hurdle.
55 CHELTENHAM FAMOUS FIVE Five facts about the Caspian Caviar Gold Cup Handicap Chase 1 Poquelin created history in 2010 when becoming the first dual winner of the race 2 The highest weight ever carried to victory was the 12st 7lb shouldered by Pendil
in 1973 3 Pendil
was also the shortestpriced Caspian Caviar Gold Cup victor at 8-11 4 Tamarinbleu became the longest-priced winner in the contest's history at 22-1 in 2007 5 Sam Twiston-Davies is the only other current rider to have won the race more than once HAYLEY TURNER was handed a three-month riding ban by the British Horseracing Authority this week for opening an internet betting account and breaching the rules governing betting by jockeys.
In other festival news, Irish Saint was cut for the JLT Novices' In-form 9/1 with the in a book pair Manchester Chase after winning the Pendil
in style at Kempton.
JEREMY Scott has identified the Bet-Bright Mobile Pendil
Novices' Chase at Kempton on February 21 as a likely target for Melodic Rendezvous.
Tom George wants to take his Haldon Gold Cup winner back to Kempton for the Pendil
Novices' Chase on February 21 over an extended two and a half miles - a race in which he was second to Balder Succes last winter.
Novices' Chase look guaranteed to prove telling yardsticks for the future, with Supreme fancy Ainama pencilled in for the first-named.
Dwi wedi cael meddyg (trwyddedig) yn dal pendil
uwch fy mhen yn adrodd geirie rhyfedd pan nad oedd syniad gydag e beth oedd yn bod arna i; dwi wedi cael meddyg arall yn argymell i fi drochi fy nhraed mewn twba o ddwr y mor yn ddyddiol i drio gwaredu craciau anesboniadwy ar fy nhraed.
Next Wednesday's Grade Two feature has attracted a 28-strong entry that includes three Paul Nicholls-trained horses, headed by Pendil
Novices' Chase winner Oslot.
Novices' Chase, but still managed to steer home 11-2 shot Oslot from the rest.
Yet another big Saturday winner for the Ditcheat maestro with Gungadu in the Racing Post Chase, supplemented by Oslot's victory in the Pendil
The Irishman was left wincing as Pur De Sivola's trailing leg caught him when falling at the third-last of the preceding Pendil
Novices' Chase, although he still managed to steer Oslot home to victory.