This looks ultra-competitive and it may be too tough for Wetherby third Temple Lord. Notarfbad and Avoca Promise are both recent winners but Fairy Rath's defeat of Conquisto at Haydock in May represents stronger form and the booking of Barry Geraghty here may be significant. King Edmond should improve on his second to Tindaro at Fontwell but Ulck Du Lin looks to be paying the price for last season's efforts. David Pipe runs three with Tom Scudamore riding the race-fit My Brother Sylvest but Kieron Edgar takes 7lb off DAN BREEN and the eight-year-old looks a value alternative. He twice ran well here over hurdles last season and is only 2lb higher than when a close second in a Grade 3 chase at Newbury 18 months ago. Lancetto may be best of the rest after a pipe-opener over hurdles at Cheltenham.
Ulck Du Lin (FR) 9-4fav (11-12) In touch on outside when blundered and unseated rider 3rd, in a race won by Eastlake (10-12) at Newton Abbot 2m hcp chs 0-150 (2) sft in Mar, 5 ran.
Consigliere (FR) 5-1 (11-3) Pressed leader, led 2nd until 4th, mistake 5th, led approaching 3 out, mistake and hurdle and soon headed, weakened after 2 out, 8th of 14, 20l behind Kaylif Aramis (10-8) at Ffos Las 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) hvy in Feb.
Dan Breen (IRE) 16-1 (11-2) In touch, mistake and lost place 3rd, behind, plugged on flat, never a threat, 7th of 10, 18l behind Sire De Grugy (11-2) at Sandown 2m chs G2 (1) gd in Apr.
King Edmund 11-2 (11-6) In touch in 4th, went 2nd from 7th, challenged 4 out, pushed along to lead before 3 out, ridden before 2 out, headed after last, kept on towards finish, 2nd of 8, 3/4l behind Tindaro (11-1) at Fontwell 2m 2f hcp chs 0-145 (2) gd in Oct.
My Brother Sylvest 7-4fav (11-2) Took keen hold, led, soon clear, ridden and joined 2 out, mistake and headed last, stayed on same pace, 2nd of 6, 2 1/2l behind Alwaystheoptimist (10-4) at Wincanton 2m hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gd in Oct.
Drumshambo (USA) 14-1 (11-7) Led to 5th, tracked leaders, reminders and weakened 11th, 5th of 6, well behind Rajdhani Express (11-7) at Ayr 2m 4f nov chs G2 (1) gd in Apr.
Fairy Rath (IRE) 18-1 (10-6) In touch in mid-division, closed after 6th, led 4 out, edged slightly left flat, held on well, won at Haydock 2m 4f hcp chs (2) gd in May beating Conquisto (11-12) by 3/4l, 14 ran.
Lancetto (FR) 25-1 (11-5) Held up in rear, some headway before last, never any chance, 8th of 12, 24l behind First In The Queue (11-9) at Cheltenham 2m hcp (3) gd in Oct.
Filbert (IRE) 13-2 (11-12) Mistake 1st, held up in touch, headway on outside 11th, chased leaders 4 out, chased winner before 3 out, edging right when lost 2nd 2 out, no chance with leading duo when mistake and lost 3rd last, weakened, 4th of 8, 13l behind Midnight Sail (11-11) at Kempton 2m 4f hcp chs 0-130 (3) gd in Feb.
Gus Macrae (IRE) 11-4 (11-7) Chased leaders, pushed along 4 out, weakened before next, moderate 4th, last of 4, well behind Hazy Tom (11-12) at Bangor 2m 4f hcp chs 0-140 (3) sft in Oct.
Greywell Boy 7-1 (10-6) Held up towards rear, slow jump and ridden 6th, well outpaced after 4 out, good headway approaching 2 out, strong run to 2nd final 100 yards, finished well, not reach winner, 2nd of 9, nk behind Fairy Rath (10-1) at Ascot 2m 1f nov hcp chs 0-145 (2) gd in Apr.
Notarfbad (IRE) 9-1 (11-4) Tracked leaders in 3rd and keen, soon went 2nd, led 7th, not fluent and pressed 2 out, ridden after last, kept on well, won at Newton Abbot 2m nov hcp chs 0-125 (3) gd in Oct beating Easily Pleased (11-2) by 3 1/2l, 7 ran.
Avoca Promise (IRE) 17-2 (11-3) Held up, headway after 6th, challenged 2 out, led soon after last, edged left, driven out, won at Huntingdon 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-125 (3) sft in Oct beating Loudmouth (10-10) by 1l, 8 ran.
Temple Lord (FR) 5-1 (11-0) Towards rear, headway 7th, led 3 out, headed run-in, no extra, 3rd of 10, 4l behind Lucky Landing (11-7) at Wetherby 2m hcp chs 0-135 (3) gd in Oct.
Olympian Boy (IRE) 15-2 (10-0) Behind, headway before 2 out, soon ridden, kept on from last, 4th of 8, 6l behind Tindaro (11-1) at Fontwell 2m 2f hcp chs 0-145 (2) gd in Oct.