Should run here rather than the Arkle and will shorten in the market if he wins Saturday's Scilly Isle Novices' Chase at Sandown. Held in high regard by his stable and this trip looks ideal. Solid favourite and the one they have to beat.
Unlucky to get chinned in the shadow of the post at Leopardstown when outstayed close to home, but didn't do himself any favours last time. Seems to need everything to go right and looks very much a bridle horse. I'm convinced that, when push comes to shove, he may chuck the towel in. Drop in trip should suit. Likely to be a great back-to-lay candidate come the day of the race.
All five wins have come on soft or heavy ground and I'm not convinced he has the class to beat the likes of Captain Conan. Has run well at the Festival in the past but how much improvement he has left in the tank is debatable.
I think Dynaste would win this well if rerouted here but looks certain to take his chance in the RSA Chase.
Another horse likely to head elsewhere, though he would have a better chance here than were he to head to the Arkle.
Needed every inch of 2m5f in soft ground to win a good handicap at Cheltenham before Christmas which gives the strong impression that 2m4f on better ground won't be ideal.
Beat Captain Conan at Kelso last season and has won his last two races well. Wherever Captain Conan finishes you have to think this fella will be very close and as such we have take a position on the [36.0] available to back. He's entered in other races but think he'll more than likely turn up here. Goes well on better ground too.
Captain Conan is the one they have to beat but wherever he finishes Tap Night should be close by. The fact the latter holds a verdict over the former means the [36.0] is a must play and should give us great position. Captain Conan is probably a bit too short to back.