(11-8) had been placed, albeit distantly, behind Dynaste in both the Feltham at Kempton and the Mildmay at Aintree, but a breathing operation may now see him in a better light.
In the Grade One Scilly Isles at Sandown, Third Intention
looked all over the winner before being caught late on, and Tizzard will send him out with a sheepskin noseband at Cheltenham.
VICTORY CHARGE: Third Intention
(right) is caught on the run-in by Captain Conan and Barry Geraghty in the Betfred Mobile Lotto Challengers Novices' Chase at Sandown
Houblon Des Obeaux should stay and ran well behind Court In Motion at Lingfield while Changing Times and Third Intention
have chances on the best of their form.
He hasn't been that low since his juvenile days in 2011, which included a Triumph Hurdle Trial victory over Third Intention
at Cheltenham (he's on the right, below).
A summer performer, he was beaten by sole rival Third Intention
at Cheltenham in October and recorded a smooth win over Tarla in his comeback run at Cork in a conditions hurdle.
His most recent triumph in the Grade Two Rising Stars Novices' Chase was especially pleasing as he had the likes of Fox Appeal and Third Intention
well held, having jumped smoothly from the outset.
Colin Tizzard's Third Intention
landed the Grade Two National Spirit Hurdle but was behind the Paul Nicholls-trained juvenile at Taunton previously.
Coral: 5-2 Zarkandar, 9 Darlan, 10 Final Approach, Olofi, Raya Star, 12 Soldatino, Third Intention
, 14 Get Me Out Of Here, Sire De Grugy, Empire Levant, 20 bar.
Last seen when beaten by Third Intention
in a two-horse novice chase at Cheltenham back in October, Rebel Fitz (above) is a classy and versatile performer.
and jockey Joe Tizzard on their way to victory in the Cheltenham > Annual Members Novices' Chase yesterday ahead of Rebel Fitz
The trainer added that Third Intention
, who threw away seemingly certain success in the Scilly Isles Chase last time, will carry a woolly appendage at Cheltenham.