A case can certainly made here for Vic Venturi under Sam Waley-Cohen as he's been in action between the flags. Coombe Hill, Officier De Reserve and MOBAASHER should also lack nothing in fitness, however, and we'll take the latter to come out on top as it shouldn't be forgotten that he once outbattled smart stayer Giles Cross over this trip under Rules when the ground was very soft. Partner Lucy Gardner will give him every encouragement from the saddle. The market should prove the best guide to the chances of Nicto De Beauchene, Gentle George and Martys Mission who have all been absent for lengthy periods.
Coombe Hill 7-1 (12-0) Ap; one pce out, 3rd of 17, 5l behind Sybarite (12-0) at Larkhill Racing Club 3m ptp gd.
Keenan's Future (IRE) 50-1 (12-0) Always in rear, tailed off and pulled up 3 out, in a race won by Salsify (12-0) at Stratford 3m 4f hts chs (2) gd in Jun, 14 ran.
Nicto De Beauchene (FR) 12-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders, not fluent 2nd, lost place after next, headway approaching 10th, not fluent 11th, weakened approaching 16th, tailed off, 10th of 12, well behind Zarrafakt (11-1) at Wincanton 3m 1f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gs in Jan '12.
Kirkleigh 7-4 (12-7) Trckd ldrs; eff app 3 out; ev ch til no ex final 75yds, 2nd of 7, 3/4l behind Faasel (12-7) at North Cornwall 3m ptp sft.
Officier De Reserve (FR) 15-2 (12-7) (cp) (tt) ap; led 10-11; outpcd 15, 3rd of 12, 14l behind Cottage Oak (12-7) at Chaddesley Corbett 3m ptp hvy in Dec.
Benedictus (IRE) 16-1 (12-0) Hdwy 11; wknd 15; pu nxt, in a race won by Sybarite (12-0) at Larkhill Racing Club 3m ptp gd, 17 ran.
Bobs Law (IRE) 5-1 (12-7) Ap; chsd wnr 13; one pce 2 out, 2nd of 16, 2 1/2l behind Cottage Oak (12-7) at Point-to-Point Owners & Riders 3m ptp gs in Dec.
Gentle George 33-1 (12-0) Chased leaders, lost place 12th, soon struggling, tailed off when pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Zemsky (12-0) at Cheltenham 3m 2f hts chs (2) gd in Mar '11, 24 ran.
Idole First (IRE) 13-2 (11-7) Led until after 3rd, left in lead 8th, headed next, not fluent and outpaced from 11th, weakened 3 out, mistake 2 out, 3rd of 5, 28l behind That's Rhythm (11-7) at Bangor 3m hts chs (6) gs in Apr.
Martys Mission (IRE) 5-4fav (10-8) Chased leaders, lost place before 15th, ridden before last, no impression, 6th of 10, 19l behind Dover's Hill (11-11) at Sandown 3m hcp chs 0-135 (3) gd in Mar.
Mobaasher (USA) 7-2 (11-0) Prom; chsd wnr 14; no ex 3 out, 2nd of 7, 4l behind Byerley Bear (11-0) at North Cornwall 3m ptp sft.
Only The Best 9-2 (10-11) Chased leaders in 3rd, driven after 4 out, no impression next, beaten when left poor 2nd and mistake last, 2nd of 9, 34l behind Epee Celeste (11-11) at Stratford 3m 4f hcp chs 0-100 (5) gd in Apr.
Vic Venturi (IRE) 9-2 (12-7) (cp) prom til wknd app 2 out, 3rd of 17, 31l behind Silver Token (12-0) at Chaddesley Corbett 3m ptp hvy in Dec.
Waldo Pepper (IRE) 9-4 (12-0) Held up; lost plce 14; pu 2 out, in a race won by Buck's Bond (12-0) at Trebudannon 3m ptp gd in Apr, 8 ran.