Cat Tiger makes his first start since his Aintree antics last month, as the seven-year-old heads the declarations in the Open Hunters’ Chase at Southwell on Tuesday.
Paul Nicholls’ gelding had every chance of winning the Foxhunters’ Open Hunters’ Chase at the Grand National Festival, but he stayed at one pace in the run-in and eventually finished third behind Cousin Pascal and Latenightpass.
Previously trained by Dominique Bressou, he landed four victories over fences including two Group 3 contests.
Cat Tiger then joined Nicholls’ yard in 2019 and embarked on a promising novice hurdles campaign, winning three of his first five starts.
However, he struggled on his Cheltenham bow and was pulled up before the last fence in the Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle.
Owned and ridden by David Maxwell, the property investor and amateur jockey had stated the aim for the seven-year-old was to compete in hunter chases.
The gelding made his hunter chase debut at Leicester in March, producing some neat jumping and was always doing enough to claim victory by a length and a half.
Cat Tiger features in a field of six at Southwell and is forecasted to be priced at Evens to win the Class 6 contest.