A disappointing turnout numerically but that won't be a concern to connections of QUITO DE LA ROQUE though fast conditions may impair his chances. With the Irish novices sweeping all before them at Cheltenham, Colm Murphy's charge, whose only defeat over the bigger obstacles came when a close runner-up to RSA Chase hero Boston's Angel in a Grade 1 at Leopardstown, looks the answer to this despite all of his runs to date coming on heavy ground. Wayward Prince stayed on dourly to finish third in the RSA Chase where he looked in need of the very stiff track. He's not certain to finish in front of Master Of The Hall this time as Nicky Henderson's charge was in the front rank for a long time before fading from two out. The Giant Bolster unshipped his rider in that race and gets another chance while Robinson Collonges, who came in for very strong support in the Jewson, hardly picked his feet up and can do much better. Golan Way has been kept fresh for this but needs to improve.
Golan Way 10-11fav (11-7) With leader, led 6th, hard pressed from 4 out, ridden and edged right after last, asserted final 100 yards, ran on well, won at Huntingdon 2m 4f nov chs (3) gs in Nov beating Pearlysteps (11-1) by 2 1/4l, 6 ran.
Master Of The Hall (IRE) 16-1 (11-4) Mid-division, blundered 14th, headway after next, close up when not fluent and hampered 3 out, 3rd 2 out, weakening when not fluent last, 6th of 12, 14l behind Bostons Angel (11-4) at Cheltenham 3m nov chs G1 (1) gd in Mar.
Quito De La Roque (FR) Evensfav (11-8) Tracked leaders, 4th halfway, jumped into 2nd 4 out, ridden to lead after 3 out, clear before last, idled close home and reduced advantage, won at Navan 3m nov chs G2 (1) hvy in Feb beating Royal De La Thinte (11-3) by 4l, 5 ran.
Radium (FR) 33-1 (11-4) Held up in touch on inside, switched outside to chase leaders 3 out, soon challenged and every chance, ridden next, weakened before last, 4th of 11, 12l behind Noble Prince (11-4) at Cheltenham 2m 4f nov chs G2 (1) gd in Mar.
Robinson Collonges (FR) 6-1 (11-4) Held up behind, struggling when mistake 9th, pulled up before 12th, in a race won by Noble Prince (11-4) at Cheltenham 2m 4f nov chs G2 (1) gd in Mar, 11 ran.
Sarando 12-1 (11-12) Pressed leader until stumbled and unseated rider 12th, in a race won by Stoney's Treasure (11-3) at Uttoxeter 3m nov hcp chs (3) gs in Mar, 10 ran.
The Giant Bolster 20-1 (11-4) In rear, not fluent 1st or 2nd, not fluent and unseated rider 5th, in a race won by Bostons Angel (11-4) at Cheltenham 3m nov chs G1 (1) gd in Mar, 12 ran.
Wayward Prince 15-2 (11-4) Held up in mid-division, outpaced 4 out, rallied 2 out, stayed on under pressure flat, gaining close home, 3rd of 12, 1l behind Bostons Angel (11-4) at Cheltenham 3m nov chs G1 (1) gd in Mar.