Successful five times on the Flat when trained by Karl Burke, Tarxien
started his jumps career with Merrita Jones before being switched to Pipe in 2001, when he made an immediate impact by winning four races on the trot.
The two-and-half mile contest saw a thrilling finish with Tarxien
and Farmer Jack last season, with the former prevailing by three lengths.
hasn't been seen since chasing home Vol Solitaire in the Future Champions Chase at Ayron Scottish Nationaldaybutnobodycanget a horse ready better after a long lay-off than Martin Pipe.
Before going to Cheltenham, Farmer Jack went down by three lengths to today's rival Tarxien
in the Scilly Isles Novices' Chase over an extended two and a half miles at Sandown in February.
He left in ante-post favourite It Takes Time,Horus and Tarxien
as well as the top weight.
The trainer left in ante-post favourite It Takes Time, Horus and Tarxien
as well as the topweight, but withdrew Seebald, Wahiba Sands and Montreal.
He ran on well last time out at Cheltenham to beat Tarxien
by a short head, and he looks to be on the upgrade.
may not be very big but he's all heart and that attribute, with the aid of Tony McCoy's class, pulled off another victory in the Scilly Isles Novices Chase.
Seamus Mullins's seven-year-old, ridden by Andrew Thornton, went down by three lengths to Martin Pipe's Tarxien
having nosed ahead approaching the final fence.
The five-year-old takes a big drop in class and last time finished a fair third behind Tarxien
in a Grade Two contest at Ascot in December.
After taking the first race with Tarxien
, Pipe had hobbled into the winners' enclosure - but the anaesthetic-like effects of victory meant no assistance was needed when Cyfor Malta and Barry Geraghty took the prize by seven lengths.
Over the jumps at Market Rasen, Tony McCoy can rattle up a double with Tarxien
and Intersky Falcon.