Gevrey Chambertin has by-passed all of the novice events to run in this. Unbeaten in three starts over hurdles, David Pipe would love to win this for obvious reasons and the grey has every chance despite his big weight. Salubrious easily justified favouritism at Musselburgh last month and should be thereabouts again while Bourne won well at Kempton over Christmas and hasn't been disgraced in a couple of hot handicaps since. EDEYMI was second in the Fred Winter here last year and looks to have been laid out for this. He certainly caught the eye having been held up at Leopardstown last time and won on the Polytrack earlier. Tony Martin's five-year-old may be the one to beat with Shane Shortall taking off 8lb. Toner D'Oudairies could also go well back over hurdles while Village Vic is probably better than he's shown so far and Ma Filleule won a Grade 2 at Warwick last month. That form hasn't really worked out but Nicky Henderson's mare could be well handicapped. Double Ross and Make Your Mark are others with claims.
Solix (FR) 66-1 (11-7) In touch, lost place 3 out, soon behind, tailed off, last of 15, well behind Mr Watson (10-3) at Cheltenham 2m 1f hcp hdl (2) hvy in Jan.
Gevrey Chambertin (FR) 5-6fav (11-12) Made virtually all, drew clear from 2 out, very easily, won at Wincanton 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) sft in Jan beating Oscar Prairie (11-5) by 7l, 10 ran.
Salubrious (IRE) 7-4fav (11-9) Held up in rear, headway on inside 7th, led approaching 2 out, clear last, ridden out, won at Musselburgh 2m 4f cnd hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gs in Feb beating Los Nadis (11-1) by 4 1/2l, 10 ran.
Loch Ard (IRE) 16-1 (11-8) Mid-division, 11th halfway, pushed along in 7th early straight, kept on same pace into 5th run-in, 5th of 24, 6l behind Tennis Cap (11-2) at Leopardstown 2m hcp hdl 0-140 sft in Feb.
Bourne 10-1 (11-7) Mid-division, headway after 3 out, chased leaders next, kept on same pace approaching last, 4th of 13, 7l behind Kuilsriver (9-10) at Ascot 2m 3f hcp hdl (2) sft in Feb.
Kells Belle (IRE) 6-1 (11-5) Chased leader, mistake 3 out, soon weakened, 6th of 8, 20l behind Ma Filleule (11-0) at Warwick 2m 3f hdl G2 (1) hvy in Feb.
Edeymi (IRE) 20-1 (10-13) Rear of mid-division, some headway approaching 2 out, 13th early straight, kept on same pace without troubling leaders, 6th of 24, 8l behind Tennis Cap (11-2) at Leopardstown 2m hcp hdl 0-140 sft in Feb.
Toner D'Oudairies (FR) 7-2 (11-12) Settled behind leaders, 4th halfway, 3rd last, ridden into 2nd early straight, no impression winner final furlong, 2nd of 7, 4l behind Rupert Lamb (11-12) at Leopardstown 2m 1f beg chase hvy in Jan.
Double Ross (IRE) 8-1 (10-11) Led until after 1st, tracked leader, led again 6th, headed 3 out, weakened approaching last, 5th of 14, 18l behind Medinas (10-10) at Ffos Las 2m 4f ltd hcp hdl (2) hvy in Feb.
Bridgets Pet (IRE) 10-1 (11-6) Chased leaders, well off the pace, headway in 4th 2 out, no impression and kept on without threatening from last, 3rd of 11, 4 1/2l behind Away We Go (10-2) at Fairyhouse 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-140 sft in Feb.
Havingotascoobydo (IRE) 2-1fav (11-12) In rear, headway 6 out, ridden before 3 out, went 3rd and well held 2 out, one pace and no impression, 3rd of 5, 10l behind Dunowen Point (11-7) at Wetherby 2m hcp chs 0-145 (2) sft in Jan.
Act Of Kalanisi (IRE) 5-1 (11-7) Led until 4th, prominent, ridden and losing place when blundered 2 out, no extra last, 5th of 7, 24l behind Tetlami (11-7) at Huntingdon 2m nov chs (3) sft in Feb.
First Avenue 20-1 (10-5) Held up towards rear, ridden and good headway approaching 2 out, chased leaders 2 out, went 2nd approaching last, led flat, stayed on strongly, ridden out, won at Sandown 2m lst hcp hdl (0-150) (1) hvy beating Tanerko Emery (11-5) by 3 1/2l, 19 ran.
Ma Filleule (FR) 7-4fav (11-0) Chased leaders on inner, led after 3 out, ridden after last, kept on, won at Warwick 2m 3f hdl G2 (1) hvy in Feb beating Swincombe Flame (11-0) by 2l, 8 ran.
Stopped Out 3-1 (11-12) Made all, driven clear from 2 out, stayed on well, eased towards finish, won at Kelso 2m 2f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) hvy in Dec beating Shanen (11-7) by 14l, 6 ran.
Constant Contact 7-2 (11-5) Tracked leaders, close up 3 out, soon ridden, no impression on winner flat, stayed on same pace final 100 yards, 2nd of 10, 3 1/2l behind Brick Red (11-12) at Musselburgh 2m hcp hdl 0-145 (2) gs in Feb.
Make Your Mark (IRE) 4-6fav (11-12) Attempted to make all, joined 3 out, ridden and headed next, soon no impression, dropped to moderate 3rd at last, 3rd of 6, 13l behind Rock Critic (11-12) at Fairyhouse 2m hdl hvy in Feb.
Nagpur (FR) 6-1 (10-9) Mid-division, headway before 3 out, weakened before last, 7th of 9, 12l behind Seymour Eric (9-11) at Haydock 3m hcp hdl (2) hvy in Feb.
Harry Hunt 5-1 (11-4) Tracked leaders in 4th, ridden before 2 out, weakened run-in, 4th of 8, 9l behind Thunderstorm (10-6) at Market Rasen 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) sft in Feb.
Village Vic (IRE) 14-1 (10-1) In touch, ridden and outpaced approaching 3 out, stayed on again flat, never a threat, 6th of 21, 16l behind My Tent Or Yours (11-2) at Newbury 2m hcp hdl Grade 3 (1) sft in Feb.
Black Benny (IRE) 33-1 (11-2) Held up towards rear, headway 3 out, driven after next, chased leading pair before last, kept on, no impression, 3rd of 18, 11l behind Double Ross (11-2) at Cheltenham 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-140 (3) sft in Nov.
Art Professor (IRE) 9-2 (11-0) Tracked leaders, led when not fluent 3 out, jumped right last, driven out, won at Huntingdon 2m 4f hcp hdl (2) gs in Feb beating Bakbenscher (11-12) by 2 1/4l, 10 ran.
Bathwick Brave (IRE) 7-1 (11-3) Held up behind, headway 3 out, went 2nd before next, soon ridden, upsides last, no extra flat, 2nd of 12, 4l behind Loose Chips (11-7) at Kempton 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) hvy in Dec.
Paint The Clouds 13-8fav (10-7) Tracked leaders, took keen hold, led 2 out, edged right flat, driven out, dismounted after finish, won at Cheltenham 3m hcp hdl (2) gf in Oct '11 beating Qulinton (10-12) by 1 1/4l, 9 ran.