Massini's Maguire was fragile but talented for Philip Hobbs and made winning start for David Pipe at Ascot in 2010. Ran only twice since, winning listed handicap there when last seen two years ago. Market should guide.
Burton Port was a high-class chaser at his peak for Nicky Henderson, but hard to assess with confidence what he is capable of in either sphere after four heavy comeback defeats.
Big Fella Thanks was back in some sort of form when once again having stamina stretched in the Becher Chase at Aintree. Ran poorly at Ascot next time but now 1 lb below last winning mark.
McMurrough showed plenty of improvement when determined winner at Haydock and Newcastle over fences in the spring. In the process of running well when unshipping rider at Wetherby last time and can't rule out.
Time For Rupert was a top-class hurdler in his prime and a very smart chaser but folded tamely in Long Walk on belated return and well held back over fences in Skybet Chase here next time. Difficult to assess. Headgear fitted.
Tranquil Sea is not the force he was but was a creditable second on debut for this yard at Chepstow. Disappointed next time and stamina to prove, but can't be dismissed from a handicapping viewpoint.
Fruity O'Rooney genuine front runner who was back to winning ways at Fontwell in April. Shaped well after three months off at Sandown last time and should go close if building on that.
Aachen was a multiple hurdles winner who made an impressive start to chasing career at Towcester in 2012. Ran only twice since but won similar event in good style at Sandown last time despite errors. Big player.
Son of Flicka landed a gamble in 2012 Coral Cup for Donald McCain. Last season was fruitless but efforts over fences for this yard in recent months has been more encouraging. Needs considering switched to a handicap.
Mr Syntax was twice successful at up to 2½m over fences, and put a couple of poor efforts over hurdles behind him when third over C&D last time. Can't be written off.
Categorical is a fair chaser who won at Southwell and has matched that form when finding the frame on first three starts this term. Disappointed over C&D last time, however, and opposable from out of the weights.
1. Fruity O'Rooney
3. Son of Flicka
Timeform Verdcit: Plenty of household names on show and the market should offer plenty of clues, especially when assessing the chances of Son of Flicka, Burton Port and Massini's Maguire. Aachen is bound to be popular after his recent win at Sandown but he's evidently fragile, and is taken on with Fruity O'Rooney, who shaped well behind him that day after a lay-off and should make a bold bid from the front.