A disappointing field of just four for the richest race on the card, and TURKISH SURPRISE looks the pick of the quartet, with Manmoon probably the most likely challenger. Alan King's gelding was disappointing last time out when pulled up at Cheltenham in the Festival Plate, but the ground may have been against him then. There's not a lot here for him to beat though, and a step down in grade from what he's been used to looks a positive. Manmoon was pulled up twice in handicaps after winning over hurdles in January, but last time out jumped really well on his chasing debut in coming second in a lower grade contest. Prince Vector's having his first run out for six months, and this is his chase debut. He's not always looked the most straightforward, but he's done well since switching yards after being claimed last year. Ortega won on debut in France, but is subsequently 0 from 35 here, and looks one to swerve. He's officially rated 58 pounds lower than Turkish Surprise. It looks a match up between Manmoon and Turkish Surprise, with preference for the latter.
Manmoon (FR) 16-1 (10-12) Led, headed 10th, led again after 11th, headed 4 out, led again 2 out, headed last and no extra, 2nd of 6, nk behind Or Jaune (11-8) at Exeter 2m 3f nov stks (3) gd in Mar.
Ortega (FR) 9-1 (10-7) Held up, strung in from 10th, no chance from next, last of 3, well behind Predateur (11-0) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f beg chase (4) gd in Mar.
Prince Vector 7-1 (11-4) Held up, headway approaching 8th, one pace from last, 3rd of 8, 13l behind Sarde (11-7) at Uttoxeter 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) sft in Oct.
Turkish Surprise (FR) 25-1 (10-11) Mid-division, driven along 8th, behind when mistake 10th, tailed off and pulled up after 3 out, in a race won by Something Wells (10-7) at Cheltenham 2m 5f hcp chs G3 (1) gs in Mar, 23 ran.