The market is likely to be a good guide to this opener but Lieutenant Miller, who was third in the Cesarewitch when last seen, has to go on the short-list. Nicky Henderson has won this three times in recent year and Jeremiah McGrath rode a winner for the yard in a conditionals' race here last month. Seebright was making progress in the spring and won three times over hurdles last season while there should be mote to come from the lightly-raced Pay The King this season. Western Warhorse is similarly unexposed and Undertheboardwalk could be interesting back over hurdles but BIG CASINO had plenty in hand at Carlisle last month and may be capable of defying a big weight rise - the second has franked the form since.
Big Casino 9-5fav (11-1) Mid-division on outer, led 3 out, pushed along before last, kept on well, won at Carlisle 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) sft in Oct beating Talkin Sence (10-11) by 3 1/2l, 10 ran.
Timesishard (IRE) 5-1 (11-5) Tracked leaders, ridden after 3 out, chased winner after 2 out, no impression flat, lost 2nd close home, 3rd of 12, 5l behind Seventh Sign (10-13) at Chepstow 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Apr.
Seebright 11-4fav (11-11) Tracked leaders, pushed along before 2 out, led last, kept on well, won at Perth 2m 4f nov hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs in Apr beating Look For Love (11-3) by 1 1/2l, 8 ran.
Undertheboardwalk (IRE) 7-2 (11-6) Towards rear well off pace, pushed along after 4 out, ridden and no impression in 5th before 2 out, kept on one pace to go moderate 4th run-in, 4th of 9, 13l behind Decade Player (10-0) at Down Royal 2m hcp chs.
Western Warhorse (IRE) 5-1 (11-0) Took keen hold, led until 3rd, led before next, jumped left 5th and 2 out where not fluent, clear before last, stayed on well, won at Chepstow 2m 4f nov hdl (4) gs in Apr beating Hold Court (11-5) by 10l, 12 ran.
Della Sun (FR) 11-1 (10-9) Held up in rear, stayed on approaching last, never on terms, 7th of 12, 20l behind First In The Queue (11-9) at Cheltenham 2m hcp (3) gd in Oct.
The Chazer (IRE) 9-1 (11-3) Held up in last pair, headway when hit 9th, weakened 2 out, tailed off, 7th of 8, 40l behind Ikorodu Road (11-5) at Stratford 2m 4f hcp chs 0-135 (3) sft in Oct.
Copper Birch (IRE) 4-5fav (11-0) Tracked leaders, went 2nd 6th until next, soon pushed along and outpaced in 4th before 3 out, 4th of 9, 16l behind Berea Boru (11-0) at Ffos Las 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) hvy in Oct.
Angles Hill (IRE) 8-13fav (10-9) Took keen hold tracking leader, ridden before 2 out, challenged from 2 out, driven between last 2, led narrowly flat, edged left under pressure close home, just held on, won at Newton Abbot 2m 6f nh nov hdl (4) gf in Sep beating Quadrato (10-12) by shd, 4 ran.
Home Run (GER) 7-1 (11-4) Jumped slow 1st, soon towards rear, never dangerous, 7th of 10, well behind Tornado Bob (11-12) at Worcester 2m 7f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gd in Jun.
Tijori (IRE) 20-1 (10-7) Tracked leaders, went 2nd approaching 2 out, led between last 2, hard ridden flat, held on in closing stages, won at Chepstow 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Oct beating Berkeley Barron (11-5) by nk, 11 ran.
Lieutenant Miller 2-1fav (11-7) In rear, headway 6th, chased leading pair 2 out, ridden to lead briefly last, driven and stayed on one pace, 2nd of 9, 1/2l behind Who Owns Me (11-7) at Fakenham 2m 7f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) sft in Dec.
Kingsmere 16-1 (10-2) In rear, mistake 5th, blundered 7th, soon behind, tailed off, 13th of 16, well behind Johns Spirit (10-3) at Cheltenham 2m 4f hcp chs (2) gd in Oct.
Phare Isle (IRE) 33-1 (11-5) Held up towards rear, some headway on inside before 2 out, no impression, soon weakened, 8th of 16, 18l behind Valid Point (11-9) at Towcester 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs.
Sausalito Sunrise (IRE) 6-1 (11-0) In touch, took closer order 4 out, soon chasing winner, kept on same pace from 2 out, 3rd of 7, 13l behind Up And Go (11-5) at Ascot 2m 3f nov hdl (2) sft in Feb.
Jojabean (IRE) 7-4 (10-13) Soon tracked leaders, challenged last, soon led, ridden and hung right, kept on, won at Fontwell 2m 6f nh nov hdl (4) gd in May beating Ya Hafed (10-13) by 1 1/4l, 9 ran.
Pay The King (IRE) 2-5fav (11-1) Took keen hold, led 1st, headed 2 out, soon switched then hung left, 3rd and beaten last, weakened flat, 3rd of 6, 18l behind Manballandall (11-1) at Newbury 2m 5f mdn hdl (3) hvy in Mar.
King Helissio (IRE) 6-1 (11-5) Held up towards rear, steady headway 7th, chased leaders 3 out, pushed along in 4th and one pace before 2 out, stayed on from last pressing for 3rd, no chance with leading duo, 4th of 10, 20l behind Capellanus (11-5) at Southwell 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs in Oct.
Dark Energy 14-1 (11-5) Tracked leaders, mistake 4th and 5th, lost place 10th, rallied before last, no impression on leaders, 4th of 7, 5l behind Goring One (10-9) at Wincanton 2m 5f hcp chs 0-130 (3) gd in Oct.
Amok (IRE) 5-1 (11-11) Took keen hold, held up towards rear, went wide on back straight, headway on outside before 3 out, went 3rd and mistake 2 out, no chance with leading duo when blundered last, held on to hold 3rd, 3rd of 11, 7l behind Ray Diamond (10-3) at Exeter 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs in Oct.
Kingcora (FR) 6-1 (10-11) Prominent, ridden and lost place before 2 out, stayed on flat, no impression, 6th of 13, 12l behind Hawkhill (11-7) at Sandown 2m hcp hdl 0-130 (3) hvy.
Toughness Danon 10-1 (10-13) Refused to race, in a race won by Lovey Dovey (10-9) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd in Sep, 15 ran.
Court In Session (IRE) 15-2 (11-12) Prominent, led and not fluent 3 out, ridden and headed next, no extra when left 3rd last, 3rd of 16, 10l behind Keel Haul (10-9) at Warwick 2m hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd.
Becausewecan (USA) 8-1 (11-4) Led, mistake 5th, not fluent 4 out, ridden and headed when mistake 2 out, weakened last, last of 6, 24l behind Sydney Paget (11-11) at Ayr 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Feb '12.