Former Aintree successor Skandiburg returns to tackling fences at Cartmel on Friday afternoon as he represents Jamie Snowden for the third time.
The former Olly Murphy trained gelding enjoyed a fruitful 2018/19 campaign, winning three of his six starts before going onto land an Aintree and Cheltenham double the season after.
But he is without a win since New Year’s Day in 2020, since switching yard’s and now contesting for the in-form Snowden, who is currently operating at a 20% strike-rate this calendar year thus far as he bids to better his previous record tally of 46.
In maintaining the strong recent form of the Berkshire stable, the Sageburg seven-year-old must overcome Kim Bailey’s Yeavering Belle, who made a pleasing start to her chasing career when finishing second at Worcester last month.
O’Grady’s Boy fared better than expected over track-and-trip here in a Hunters’ Chase, since switching to Gary Hanmer, but Sweet Beat has offered little under rules or between the flags so far and looks a lukewarm outsider.