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Sivola Revved up to reap Cheltenham Rewards

REVE De Sivola is a worthy ally on what should be an outstanding afternoon of sport at Cheltenham.

Festival Trials Day is nearly always an exceptional meeting, but this season's programme takes on greater credence by staging the Victor Chandler Chase, held over from last weekend's abandoned Ascot fixture.

Nicky Henderson has all bases covered in that race with the brilliant Sprinter Sacre, while the Seven Barrows handler will also have high hopes in the Rewards4Racing Cleeve Hurdle, as Oscar Whisky attempts to stretch his unbeaten record to three wins this season.

But his only try over this three-mile trip, in last season's Ladbrokes World Hurdle, was unsatisfactory and to that end, he can be passed over for Reve De Sivola.

Trainer Nick Williams has had to be very patient with this eight-year-old, who won two Grades Ones in his novice hurdle days but was forced on to the sidelines for a year through injury.

His return to action, in the Long Distance Hurdle at Newbury in December, showed some of the old staying qualities remained intact as he chased home Big Buck's into second spot.

By contrast to Oscar Whisky, Reve De Sivola has nothing to prove over three miles.

The New One was another striking winner last time out and is deeply respected for the Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle.

The Argento Chase suddenly looks wide open following the defection of the Henderson-trained Bobs Worth, but it could pay to side with Grands Crus.

David Pipe's grey was admittedly well held in the King George, but that was his first run since he underwent a wind operation and he is entitled to be a lot sharper here.

Robin Hoods Bay would not be winning out of turn when he reports for duty in Lingfield's feature race while Harlestone Wood really ought to be winning the Lingfield Park Owners Group Maiden Stakes.

The best bet on Wolverhampton's card could be Anaconda, who runs in the Claim Free Bets Today At bookmakers.co.uk Conditions Stakes.