Timeform guide you through the Forbra Gold Cup, a quite valuable Class 3 handicap chase...
"Roalco des Farges enjoyed a fine first season over fences, culminating in an excellent second in bet365 Gold Cup. Off 21 months but shaped very well despite being pulled up at Sandown and potentially very well treated."
Brass Tax was much improved second time up over fences when dead-heating in 2¾m handicap at Market Rasen. Unsuited by drop in trip last time but 11 lb higher now.
Forgotten Gold showed useful form when scoring twice over fences. Every chance of adding to tally when unseating last at Fakenham. No show over Grand National fences before hitting the deck at Wincanton next time.
Cootehill is a course regular who has often performed with credit since last win here in March, placed on the last four occasions, unsuited by heavy going latest.
Rouge Et Blanc has been back in good heart of late, posting a career best when chasing home an in-form rival at Wincanton. Unsuited by how race developed at Warwick next time and can't rule out.
Roalco des Farges enjoyed a fine first season over fences, culminating in an excellent second in bet365 Gold Cup. Off 21 months but shaped very well despite being pulled up at Sandown and potentially very well treated.
Ballyoliver landed this race last year and proved as good as ever when fifth in the Badger Ales Trophy on his return. Disappointed next two starts but can't dismiss.
Lamboro Lad progressed gradually last term and finished ahead of a next-time-out winner at Bangor on return from a break. Stamina stretched at Wincanton last time and shouldn't be written off.
Firebird Flyer is a fairly useful hurdler/chaser who ran easily his best race this season when second in West Wales National at Ffos Las at the start of this month, beaten only by a stronger stayer. Has to be considered.
1. Roalco des Farges
2. Firebird Flyer
Timeform view: Roalco de Farges very much caught the eye on his belated comeback at Sandown and is potentially very well treated if building on that now. Firebird Flyer ran a stormer at Chepstow last time and rates as the biggest threat, ahead of last year's winner Ballyoliver.