Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

JOIN THE CLAN GATHERING; Braveheart Obeaux Can Shrug off Big Weight in Caspian Caviar Meribel Is No Back Number in Novice Test

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

JOIN THE CLAN GATHERING; Braveheart Obeaux Can Shrug off Big Weight in Caspian Caviar Meribel Is No Back Number in Novice Test

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Byline: GARRY owen

CLAN DES OBEAUX can give Paul Nicholls another big Saturday winner in the Caviar Gold Cup at Cheltenham. The Ditcheat Man did me a wee turn with Politologue in the Tingle TURN TO PAGE TWO FROM PAGE ONE has another big chance with this upwardly mobile chaser.

The five-year-old was a classy novice last term, bolting up in a Newbury Grade 2 in November and was probably over the top when well beaten in the Future Champions' at Ayr in April.

CLAN DES OBEAUX (1.55) always looked the type to improve with another summer on his back and he gave top-class Whisper a real fright in a Kempton match first time out this season.

That form could not have worked out any better and the selection went on to slam the useful Vintage Clouds in a red hot event at Haydock next time.

Those exploits have landed Clan Des Obeaux with top-weight today but he remains on the upgrade and he can give Team Ditcheat an amazing fifth success in the Caspian Caviar.

COUNT MERIBEL (2.30) can take another step up the ladder in the Bristol Novices' Hurdle.

Nigel Twiston-Davies' gelding kicked off his timber career with two impressive back-to-back wins at Carlisle and improved again when hacking up in a better event at Ascot last time.

The five-year-old should come on plenty upped to three miles and he can give the weight away all round for his in-form handler.

MELON (2.30) can bear fruit for Willie Mullins in the Grade 2 International Hurdle.

The ex-French gelding was a talking horse for the handler last term and justified his reputation with good seconds in Grade 1s at Cheltenham and Punchestown.

The five-year-old took another step forward when easily landing a Down Royal Grade 2 last month and can book his place in March's Champion Hurdle by routing some solid yardsticks today.

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