Cheltenham: Lenient weights rise suits Caid Du Berlais

Trainer, Paul Nicholls (left) and jockey, Sam Twiston-Davies.
Trainer, Paul Nicholls (left) and jockey, Sam Twiston-Davies.
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Caid Du Berlais can exploit the handicapper’s leniency by claiming a significant Cheltenham double in the Caspian Caviar Gold Cup.

Paul Nicholls’ five-year-old has only gone up 5lb for winning the Paddy Power Gold Cup last month, and this looks far easier.

That he has only raced four times over fences would also suggest there is a great deal more to come.

Caid Du Berlais was delivered by Sam Twiston-Davies with almost surgical precision in the Paddy Power, in which he took the not inconsiderable scalp of Johns Spirit by a head.

Indeed, the winning margin, and, consequently, his reassessed mark, may have been greater had there been a stronger tempo from the outset.

Conditions are likely to be less forgiving than in the Paddy Power, but Nicholls’ inmate has won over hurdles on better ground and does not have the likes of Johns Spirit, who had been a leading ante-post figure, to contend with.

He rates a solid shout to follow in the hoofprints of Pegwell Bay, Senor El Betrutti and Exotic Dancer to complete the Gold Cup double.

Rock On Ruby can remind everyone of his gifts by taking top honours in the Osborne House Relkeel Hurdle.

The 2012 champion hurdler has rather slipped off the radar since he had a try at chasing, but he is still only nine years old and therefore a genuine threat to all-comers at a discipline in which he has largely excelled.