Conquisto produced a career best when gamely landing Old Roan Chase at Aintree (20f) in October. Unable to match that since but back down to last winning mark now.
Silver Roque was much improved when regaining winning thread in good style at Sedgefield (20f) in November. Struggled off revised mark at Cheltenham following month, though, and tongue tie left off now.
Tap Night produced several good efforts in defeat since second chase win at Ayr 14 months ago. However, ran poorly at the Cheltenham Festival and made no impression at Ayr 2 weeks ago.
Dare Me improved considerably when bolting up at Warwick in January, but appeared found out by 15 lb rise when seventh in Grand Annual/Red Rum. Only 2 lb lower now.
Bobowen returned to chasing with victory in a valuable event at Market Rasen in July. Below form 2 of 3 starts since but returns from 7 months off with yard in flying form.
Majala chased home Sire de Grugy in a 2m Chepstow handicap in October. Mostly let down by his jumping since, though mark continues to slide. Raced mainly on soft/heavy going.
His Excellency's only creditable effort this term came when a close second at Musselburgh in February and others more solid.
Roudoudou Ville was progressive when scoring 3 times over fences in 2011. Struggled over hurdles since returning to the fray in December but much more like it when fourth back over fences at Fontwell. Considered.
Quincy des Pictons won this event 12 months ago off 2 lb lower. Back to form when runner-up at Chepstow last month and bold show wouldn't surprise
Shadows Lengthen scored twice over fences last season and capitalised on a drop in the weights to score at Doncaster. Narrowly followed up at Haydock next time and should give another good account.
Scotch Warrior landed a sixth course success here in September, finding plenty, and returned from 7 months off better than ever when winning at Ayr 2 weeks ago. Has to be respected given record here.
Wicklow Lad took advantage of low mark when scoring at Ayr in January and better than ever when adding to tally at Newcastle. Found good run of form coming to an abrupt halt when tailed off at Ayr, however.
Tartan Snow sprung a 100/1 surprise in Fox Hunters at Aintree last year and confirmed he still retains his ability when excellent second in same race 3 weeks ago. Vulnerable from out of the weights here, however.
1. Roudoudou Ville
3. Quincy des Pictons
Timeform View: Plenty of these need considering, including last year's winner Quincy des Pictons, course-specialist Scotch Warrior and Bobowen for the in-form Dr Richard Newland. However, the vote goes to Roudoudou Ville who has his optimum conditions and is potentially very well handicapped.