CEPAGE chased home Frodon in this 12 months ago and is taken to go one better now with the form of his Aintree reappearance second having been boosted by the third winning a competitive handicap at Newbury since. Paul Nicholls has an excellent record in this race and his Secret Investor and Brelan D'As have solid claims, while Robin des Foret is also respected for Willie Mullins.
Only 3 runners but still an interesting race with WINDSOR AVENUE and Sam Spinner putting unbeaten chase records on the line. The former has looked the better jumper so far and is preferred for that reason.
This has a very open look to it, but MOSSY FEN defends an unbeaten record under Rules and is a useful stayer in the making, so he gets the nod. Valtor saw off Redford Road back hurdling at Ascot last month and is taken to confirm that form despite these revised terms as his chase ability offers hope he can do better still.
TOMBEE DU CIEL was placed in listed company on her final start in France and can follow in the footsteps of Peace And Co and We Have A Dream who both won this race for the same connections in recent years. Lord Lamington was impressive at Market Rasen recently and can battle it out with Navajo Pass for minor honours.
CALL ME LORD has a fitness edge over chief-form rivals Pentland Hills and Ch'tibello, and in receipt of weight from the pair, this could be the time to catch him. Pentland Hills enjoyed a faultless juvenile campaign and is prominent in the Champion Hurdle betting so he has to be accorded respect.
CLOTH CAP can build on his good third at Ascot last month and resume winning ways, most likely at the main expense of My Old Gold.
A big-field handicap, but DAME DE COMPAGNIE rather stands out on the back of an eye-catching run over an inadequate trip in the Greatwood Hurdle on last month's return from a lengthy absence. There's a chance she is a fair way ahead of her mark so has to be the play. Queen's Cave certainly won't lack for stamina and she commands respect, along with Lust For Glory, a stablemate of the selection.
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