Batting third for most of the season, his .326 average entering play on June 28 is second among qualifying hitters in the league to his fellow infield mate and all-star Bryant Flete
, while his .416 on-base percentage ranks third.
The 11-year-old was successful in 2004 when the race was staged under its previous incarnation as the Mildmay of Flete
. On that occasion he was a remote ninth with two fences to jump but staged a whirlwind finish to catch Iznogoud close home.
Trainer Tony Martin is hoping the decision goes his way as he plans to run Davids Lad in the Mildmay Of Flete
Handicap Chase at Cheltenham tomorrow.
Trainer Ron Hodges is hoping that Fitzgerald - who has a record of two wins from three rides on the horse - will be available should Wayward King run in the Mildmay of Flete
He has scrapped plans to run John Sumner's 12-year-old in the Mildmay of Flete
Chase at Cheltenham, scene of his triumphs in the Tripleprint Gold Cup (in 1994), Mackeson Gold Cup (1995) and Ladbroke Trophy Chase (1997).
Right behind Wawoe and Flete
in the batting average category is Cosgrove, a third-year pro and first-year Miners catcher from Kirkland, Washington, who entered play on June 28 with a .316 batting average that places third in the Frontier League.
TERAO, winner of the Mildmay of Flete
Chase (now the Racing Post Plate) at the 1997 Cheltenham Festival, has died aged 20.
Henderson also revealed that Fondmort could well switch to the Mildmay of Flete
Handicap Chase from the Cathcart Chase.
Bookmakers have been betting on the number of winners Martin Pipe will saddle at Cheltenham and Majadou looks a likely scorer for the Somerset maestro in the Mildmay of Flete
Pipe, who is going Flat out for Cheltenham domination, confirmed he could saddle eight runners in both the Mildmay Of Flete
on Wednesday and Triumph Hurdle a day later.
Scottish challengers Sparky Gayle and Monnaie Forte were outgunned by Super Coin in the Mildmay of Flete
Chase but lost nothing in defeat.
First run as the Seven Springs Handicap Chase, the race name was switched in 1951 to the guise under which Festival racegoers have known it up until this year - the Mildmay of Flete