Strong gelding: high-class hurdler: off 20 months and in cheekpieces, 10/1, looked rusty when 13¾ lengths last of 5 to Wholestone in minor event at Aintree last time, considerately handled: high-class chaser: 9/1, won 23-runner Ultima Business Solutions Handicap Chase at Cheltenham (for second successive year) on final outing in 2016/17 by short head from Singlefarmpayment: stays 25f: acts on heavy going: best form in blinkers.
2 - Sizing Codelco
Useful-looking gelding: winning hurdler: very smart handicap chaser: good effort when 13¼ lengths fourth of 8 to Might Bite in Bowl Chase at Aintree in 2017/18: 8/1, probably should have won when ½-length second of 17 to Minellacelebration at Uttoxeter last time, hanging left under pressure when upsides from last: stays 25f: acts on heavy going: has worn headgear: tried in tongue tie.
3 - Step Back
Sturdy gelding: winning hurdler: smart form over fences: won novice at Fakenham and bet365 Gold Cup at Sandown (by 13 lengths from Rock The Kasbah) in 2017/18: off 6 months, 8/1, shaped as if better for run when 24 lengths seventh of 12 to The Young Master in handicap at Chepstow last time: stays 29f: acts on heavy going: tried in cheekpieces: usually leads: remains capable of better.
4 - Ultragold
Sturdy gelding: maiden hurdler: smart handicap chaser: won Topham Chase at Aintree (for second successive year, by 3¾ lengths from Shanahan's Turn) in 2017/18: 12/1, creditable 6 lengths third of 18 to Walk In The Mill in Becher Chase at same course last time, travelling better than most: stays 3¼m: acts on heavy going: wears tongue tie: unreliable.
5 - Ibis De Rheu
Well-made gelding: winning hurdler: smart chaser: won novice at Cheltenham (by length from Theatre Territory) in November: 7/2, below expectations when 26 lengths second of 4 to The Worlds End in similar event there last time, finishing tired: stays 3m: acts on heavy going: has worn hood: wears tongue tie: often races prominently.
6 - Calett Mad
Tall gelding: useful hurdler: won 4 times in 2017/18: useful handicap chaser: 10/3, improved when ½-length second of 16 to Harry The Viking at Kelso last time, clear of rest: stays 4m: acts on heavy going: usually wears tongue tie.
7 - Chase The Spud
Workmanlike gelding: winning hurdler: smart handicap chaser: won at Haydock (by 6 lengths from Robinsfirth) on return in 2017/18: no form since, off 8 months prior to latest start: suited by extreme distances: acts on heavy going: tried in hood/tongue tie.
8 - Cogry
Sturdy gelding: winning hurdler: useful handicap chaser: 9/1, at least as good as ever when winning 9-runner Grade 3 event at Cheltenham last time by head from Singlefarmpayment, going with enthusiasm and giving all: stays 4m: acts on heavy going: has worn headgear, including latest start: usually races close up: prone to mistakes over fences.
9 - Milansbar
Big gelding: winning hurdler: useful handicap chaser: won Classic Chase at Warwick (by 11 lengths from Cogry) in 2017/18: off 8 months, 5/1, shaped as if better for run when 21 lengths fifth of 8 to Morney Wing in Betfair London National at Sandown last time: stays 4¼m: acts on heavy going: wears headgear: usually leads: unreliable (often sulks if unable to lead).
10 - Carole's Destrier
Well-made gelding: winning hurdler: useful handicap chaser: 12/1, won 10-runner event at Newbury last time by ¾ length from Ballydine, travelling well and finding plenty: stays 29f: acts on heavy going: often wears cheekpieces.
11 - Duel At Dawn
Sturdy gelding: winning hurdler: useful form over fences: won novice at Exeter (by 16 lengths from Flintham) in 2017/18: off 9 months, 8/1, better for run when 25¼ lengths seventh of 11 to Daklondike in handicap at Haydock last time: stays 25f: acts on heavy going: usually in cheekpieces: usually races prominently.
12 - Crosspark
Sturdy gelding: useful hurdler: won handicap at Southwell in December: useful handicap chaser: won at Uttoxeter in November: 9/2, below form in Rowland Meyrick Chase at Wetherby last time: stays 3¼m: acts on heavy going: tried in cheekpieces.
13 - Impulsive Star
Well-made gelding: won maiden on point debut: winning hurdler: useful form over fences: good effort when 24 lengths fourth of 16 to Rathvinden in National Hunt Chase at Cheltenham in 2017/18: 3/1, held back by attitude when beaten 2¼ lengths in novice won by Ok Corral at Plumpton last time: stays 4m: acts on heavy going: tried in cheekpieces: usually leads: one to treat with caution.
STEP BACK should be all the sharper with his reappearance behind him and can get back on the up with the cheekpieces he wore to such good effect at Sandown last spring back in place. Nigel Twiston-Davies pair Cogry and Calett Mad head the dangers along with last year's winner Milansbar.