Ulis De Vassy landed a gamble at Stratford in August but this looks a stronger heat. Suerte Al Salto beat the useful Prospect Wells at Fontwell in May on his chasing bow and has plenty of scope while the four-year-old Vesperal Dream has to be of interest making his debut for the Paul Nicholls team. Catch Tammy and Easily Pleased were both winners last time and Notarfbad should be winning soon, though may need some help from the handicapper. IVOR'S KING developed into a very decent handicap hurdler last season and looks as though he's going to be just as good over fences judged on an easy victory over course and distance 11 days ago. He has a penalty to overcome today but may be up to the task.
Ivor's King (IRE) 5-2 (11-4) Made all, clear 2nd until 4th, not fluent 4 out, ran on well, won at Newton Abbot 2m nov chs (4) gs in Sep beating Valco De Touzaine (10-7) by 5l, 5 ran.
Suerte Al Salto (IRE) 4-1 (10-12) Held up in rear, went 2nd before 7th, not fluent 4 out, challenged 2 out, led before last, ridden run-in, kept on, won at Fontwell 2m 2f nov chs (4) gd in May beating Prospect Wells (10-12) by 1 3/4l, 4 ran.
Notarfbad (IRE) 5-2 (11-9) Led, headed 2 out, riden before last, one pace, 3rd of 9, 4l behind High Storm (11-9) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f beg chs (4) gs in Jul.
Catch Tammy (IRE) 8-1 (11-7) Made virtually all, clear before last, stayed on, won at Stratford 2m 1f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gs in Sep beating Olympian Boy (11-12) by 10l, 6 ran.
Easily Pleased (IRE) 11-4 (11-2) In rear and keen, headway before 10th, led soon after, clear after 2 out, easily, won at Newton Abbot 2m hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd in Aug beating Wester Ross (11-10) by 7l, 5 ran.
Ulis De Vassy (FR) 13-8fav (11-2) Made all, not fluent 2nd, mistake 4 out, stayed on well, driven out, won at Stratford 2m 1f hcp chs 0-130 (3) gd in Aug beating Temple Lord (11-11) by 3l, 5 ran.
Darkestbeforedawn (IRE) 5-1 (11-3) With leader, weakened from 2 out, 8th of 9, 25l behind Taste The Wine (9-10) at Fontwell 2m 2f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gs in May.
Vesperal Dream (FR) (10-5) 2nd of 18, 4 1/2l behind Cokoriko (10-5) at Auteuil(FR) 2m 2f 4yo hdl sft in Apr.