Camden George and Fortysecond Street are the most experienced chasers, but look likely to find at least a couple of today's less exposed rivals too good. Honest John makes his chasing bow after a lengthy absence, but Aikman shaped well enough on his debut over fences at this track last month. A Grade 2 winning hurdler at Haydock, Cross Kennon will be popular on his first start over the larger obstacles, but SARANDO is preferred. His close second in the Mildmay Novices' Chase at Aintree in April looks even stronger form now given the winner, Quito De La Roque, has proved to be a high-class chaser and Paul Webber's charge has a recent pipe-opener on the Flat under his belt.
Camden George (IRE) 15-2 (10-0) In touch, outpaced 5 out, left 4th 2 out, kept on to go 3rd flat, no impression with leading pair, 3rd of 10, 15l behind Nikola (10-11) at Aintree 3m 1f hcp chs 0-145 (2) gd in Oct.
Fortysecond Street (IRE) 5-1 (10-1) Raced keenly in rear, slow 2nd, headway 3 out, led approaching last, soon hard ridden and strongly challenged, stayed on well (6 fences omitted due to low sun), won at Hexham 3m 1f hcp chs (2) gf in Apr beating The Hollinwell (10-11) by 1l, 7 ran.
Sarando 50-1 (11-4) With leader, led before 3rd, headed soon after, led 5 out, ridden and headed 2 out, soon regained lead, headed last, rallied and every chance flat, kept on towards finish, 2nd of 8, nk behind Quito De La Roque (11-4) at Aintree 3m 1f nov chs G2 (1) gd in Apr.
Aikman (IRE) 5-4fav (11-2) Tracked leaders in 3rd, went 2nd briefly before 4 out, ridden and one pace before last, 3rd of 11, 8l behind Frascati Park (11-2) at Carlisle 2m beg chs (4) sft in Oct.
Cross Kennon (IRE) 50-1 (11-10) Led, ridden 2 out, headed between last 2, kept on under pressure flat, 4th of 13, 5l behind Big Buck's (11-10) at Cheltenham 3m hdl G1 (1) gd in Mar.
Honest John 16-1 (10-12) In touch, ridden approaching 3 out, weakened before 2 out, 14th of 22, 42l behind Sir Harry Ormesher (11-1) at Aintree 2m 4f Listed hcp hdl (1) gd in Apr '10.