Trainer with 75% strike-rate at Cheltenham this season has 12-1 runner on Wednesday

Easyland wins at Cheltenham under Jonathan Plouganou

Rockview Stables, Fowlerstown in County Meath is where Irish trainer John McConnell has his stables based. He is by no means a huge outfit but he does well with what he has got.

For a pretty small yard, he punches well above his weight and particularly so at Cheltenham. McConnell was formerly a vet based in Kildare transitioned his career and now has a stable of more than 50 horses.

He has a 75 per cent strike-rate at Cheltenham this season (3 winners from 4 starters), resulting in a profit of +£31.75. In total, he has trained 4 winners at the venue from 13 horses saddled.

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Cross Country Chase

Current favourite Easysland romped to a 17-length victory in this race last year, defeating two-time race winner Tiger Roll. The famous Tiger Roll seems to be on his last legs now and is very hard to tip up for the race this year.

If the French horse comes here in that sort of form again, he will be very hard to beat. However, McConnell has a very live contender in the form of Some Neck, who is trading at around 12-1.

Some Neck was given a brilliant ride by Mr Harvey in the plate when winning the Glenfarclas Cross Country Handicap Chase over course and distance in December.

He only won by a short head but he had to concede 16lbs to the runner-up so it was a hell of an effort. There will be no weights to be concerned about in this race and if he can recapture that form, he should be in the first three.

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