Ian Williams’s former Merseyside victor Solar Impulse bids for a hat-trick of successes at Market Rasen on Sunday afternoon.
Previously trained by Paul Nicholls, the son of Westerner was a winner of the Johnny Henderson Grand Annual once upon a time but has refound a strong level of form for the West Midlands yard in recent times.
He clocked up wins in Liverpool and Cartmel on his last two outings following a fourth in the north-west prior, with that form for Captain Tom Cat now incredibly strong in the wake of his two successes since and Empire De Maulde also franking the contest since.
Handler Williams admitted before the Cumbria race that his stable normally “focus on the flat” at this time of year, but with conditions “right” for his charge, connections had opted to take their chance.
The 11-year-old now faces competition from Pilbara who finished a good second on British debut for Sue Smith last month, with Hes No Trouble representing Fergal O’Brien for the first time.
Top-weighted Royal Village and five-time chase winner Townshend complete the quintet of declared runners.