David Pipe has half-a-dozen entered in this at the four-day stage but relies on only The Package and Standing Ovation. The former was pulled up in the race last year behind surprise winner Golden Chieftain, who looks to have been aimed at a repeat but is 14lb higher. Fruity O'Rooney was fifth 12 months ago and second to Alfie Sherrin in 2012 when The Package finished fourth but neither of that trio make much appeal this year as they are all in the veteran stage now. You could probably place TIME FOR RUPERT in that category as well but he's lightly-raced for his age and usually runs well here. Paul Webber's charge was fifth in the Gold Cup two years ago. He's improved with every run this season and could give connections another big victory to celebrate and he's undoubtedly well treated at present. Cantlow looks to have his fair share of weight, by comparison, while Holywell made hard work of winning a novice chase at Doncaster last time and needs to brush up his jumping though he is a recent Festival winner and stays well. He makes more appeal than Restless Harry and Newbury scorer Hadrian's Approach but Tour Des Champs was well backed when third in the Betbright Chase at Kempton last month and could have place claims again. Wrong Turn is on an upward curve but climbing the weights as a consequence and Renard has a poor record at Cheltenham.
Cantlow (IRE) 14-1 (11-9) Mid-division, blundered 11th, ridden 3 out, headway 2 out, went 2nd flat, stayed on well, unable to reach winner, 2nd of 13, 2l behind Double Ross (10-8) at Cheltenham 2m 5f Grade 3 hcp chs (4yo+) (1) gd in Dec.
Vino Griego (FR) 20-1 (11-10) Always in rear, niggled along before 8th, tailed off 12th, (3 out), pulled up before next, in a race won by Harry Topper (11-10) at Newbury 3m chs Grd 2 (1) hvy in Feb, 5 ran.
Pacha Du Polder (FR) 13-2 (11-12) Chased leaders, went 2nd at 2nd until after 10th, went 2nd again next, weakened 3 out, 6th of 9, 29l behind Gentleman Anshan (10-0) at Stratford 2m 4f hcp chs 0-150 (2) gs in May.
Restless Harry 4-1 (10-7) Chased leaders, challenged 15th, led next, headed 4 out, stayed close up, led again flat, held on gamely, won at Ascot 3m hcp chs Listed (1) sft in Feb beating Teaforthree (11-1) by nk, 7 ran.
Golden Chieftain (IRE) 33-1 (11-2) Tracked leader, led 2nd until 4th, weakened 3 out, 5th of 6, 30l behind Melodic Rendezvous (11-10) at Wincanton 2m hdl G2 (1) hvy in Feb.
Hadrian's Approach (IRE) 9-4 (11-4) Took keen hold early and kept out wide, tracked leaders, switched left and went 2nd before 2 out, upsides last, ridden to lead flat, stayed on well and on top in closing stages, won at Newbury 3m grad ch (2) gs in Dec beating Super Duty (11-7) by 1 1/4l, 4 ran.
Holywell (IRE) 10-11fav (11-7) In touch, went 2nd before 6 out, ridden before 4 out, challenged last, kept on to lead towards finish, all out, won at Doncaster 3m nov chs (4) gs in Feb beating Victor Hewgo (11-7) by 3/4l, 5 ran.
Vintage Star (IRE) 6-1 (10-8) Held up mid-division, headway before 4 out, led before 2 out, headed last 100 yards, no extra, 2nd of 10, 1 1/2l behind Wychwoods Brook (9-11) at Haydock 3m 1f hcp chs G2 (1) hvy in Jan.
Ackertac (IRE) 6-1 (11-10) Held up, headway approaching 4th, mistake and lost place 10th, soon weakened, pulled up before last, in a race won by Double Ross (11-5) at Cheltenham 2m 5f hcp chs G3 (1) sft in Jan, 7 ran.
Ma Filleule (FR) 13-2 (11-9) Held up tracking leaders on inside, not fluent 14th, challenged in 2nd between horses 2 out, led before last where mistake, narrowly headed last 100 yards, rallied under pressure to lead again last strides, won at Kempton 3m hcp chs 0-145 (2) sft in Dec beating Valoroso (10-11) by hd, 9 ran.
Green Flag (IRE) Evensfav (11-4) Prominent on inside when stumbled and unseated rider on bend after 8th, in a race won by Ely Brown (11-4) at Wetherby 3m 1f nov chs G2 (1) hvy in Feb, 5 ran.
Renard (FR) 16-1 (11-3) Chased leaders on inside, not fluent 7th, ridden before 4 out, stayed on same pace, just failed to get 2nd, no impression on winner, 3rd of 12, 5l behind Night In Milan (10-12) at Doncaster 3m 2f hcp chs (2) gd.
The Package 16-1 (11-5) Tracked leaders, lost place 13th, behind when pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Golden Chieftain (10-2) at Cheltenham 3m hcp chs G3 (1) sft in Mar '13, 24 ran.
Shakalakaboomboom (IRE) 12-1 (11-12) Held up towards rear, pushed along before 4 out, never dangerous, pulled up, in a race won by Seventh Sign (11-9) at Doncaster 3m hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gs in Feb, 13 ran.
Relax (FR) 10-1 (11-1) Chased leader, led before 14th, headed next, weakened 6 out, pulled up before 4 out, in a race won by Wyck Hill (11-0) at Newcastle 4m 1f hcp chs 0-150 (2) hvy in Feb, 16 ran.
Time For Rupert (IRE) 11-4fav (11-4) Led to 4th, led again before 4 out, headed before 2 out, kept on and no chance with winner, 2nd of 10, 2l behind Tranquil Sea (10-12) at Doncaster 3m hcp chs 0-150 (2) gs in Feb.
Muldoon's Picnic (IRE) 4-1 (11-6) Held up, left 4th 6th, not fluent and outpaced 3 out, went 3rd last, stayed on same pace, no impression, 3rd of 6, 4 1/2l behind Edmund Kean (11-2) at Leicester 2m 7f (3) sft in Jan.
Alfie Sherrin 20-1 (10-12) Held up towards rear, headway 4 out, chased leaders next, hard ridden to challenge last, kept on same pace, 4th of 17, 5l behind Gevrey Chambertin (11-7) at Haydock 3m hcp hdl Grade 3 (1) sft in Nov.
Fruity O'Rooney 7-1 (11-1) Held up in touch, went 5th before 2 out, weakened last, 7th of 10, 12l behind Tranquil Sea (10-12) at Doncaster 3m hcp chs 0-150 (2) gs in Feb.
Wrong Turn (IRE) 9-4fav (11-4) Held up in rear, pushed along briefly and progress from 4 out, 8th approaching 2 out, soon 4th, 3rd at last, stayed on well run-in to lead near line, won at Leopardstown 2m 5f hcp chs 0-123 hvy in Jan beating Tabhachtach (11-2) by hd, 12 ran.
Standing Ovation (IRE) 10-1 (10-7) Took keen hold, tracked leader until 14th, stayed chasing leaders, weakened 3 out, 8th of 13, 20l behind Bally Legend (10-12) at Kempton 3m hcp chs G3 (1) sft in Feb.
King Massini (IRE) 7-4fav (11-2) Tracked leaders, went 2nd 5 out, led 3 out, ridden and stayed on well to go clear flat, won at Ludlow 3m hcp chs 0-130 (3) gs in Dec beating Rydalis (11-0) by 7l, 7 ran.
Tour Des Champs (FR) 9-2fav (10-1) Led, clear 4th, mistake next, mistake and headed 3 out, chased leader, ridden before 2 out, dropped to 3rd before last, stayed on same pace flat, 3rd of 13, 2 1/4l behind Bally Legend (10-12) at Kempton 3m hcp chs G3 (1) sft in Feb.
Solix (FR) 5-2fav (11-7) Jumped left, led until 10th chased winner, every chance 3 out, challenged next, ridden and no extra between last 2, lost 2nd approaching last, 3rd of 9, 8l behind Bradley (11-9) at Sandown 3m am chs 0-130 (3) sft.