Time For Rupert was second in a veteran's handicap at Ascot last month when Gauvain and Bradley finished fourth and fifth. There shouldn't be much between that trio again here on slightly different terms while Quartz De Thaix is interesting eased in grade and back on a winning mark. GOLDEN CHIEFTAIN has been lightly raced this season but looked to be coming to hand when fifth at Aintree 12 days ago. He won a valuable handicap at The Festival here last year and may be ready to strike again as Forgotten Gold continues to be let down by his jumping. Sire Collonges has been confined to cross-country events this term and was well beaten by Ackertac when last seen over conventional fences while stablemate Mon Perrain remains out of sorts. This may be too competitive for Imperial Circus.
Sire Collonges (FR) 9-1 (11-7) Made most to 7 out, lost place 5 out, soon outpaced, ridden and weakened 3 out, 8th of 16, 33l behind Balthazar King (11-12) at Cheltenham 3m 7f hcp chs (2) gd in Mar.
Time For Rupert (IRE) 5-1fav (11-7) Chased leaders, slow 11th, joined leader 15th, led next, hard ridden when challenged after 2 out, headed flat, no extra, 2nd of 12, 3/4l behind Hey Big Spender (11-12) at Ascot 3m hcp chs 0-150 (2) gd in Mar.
Ackertac (IRE) 20-1 (11-4) Towards rear, outpaced 14th, headway to chase leaders 3 out, soon outpaced, no impression from next, 7th of 23, 14l behind Holywell (11-6) at Cheltenham 3m hcp chs G3 (1) gs in Mar.
Golden Chieftain (IRE) 33-1 (11-1) Held up mid-division, headway before 4 out, weakened before 3 out, 5th of 17, 13l behind Duke Of Lucca (10-7) at Aintree 3m 1f lstd hcp chs (1) gd.
Quartz de Thaix (FR) 50-1 (11-9) With leader to 6th, in touch, lost place 3 out, weakened from next, 18th of 23, 27l behind Fingal Bay (11-12) at Cheltenham 3m lstd hcp hdl (1) gd in Mar.
Gauvain (GER) 14-1 (11-8) Held up in rear, slow 7th, headway to chase leaders 3 out, kept on same pace approaching last, 4th of 12, 4l behind Hey Big Spender (11-12) at Ascot 3m hcp chs 0-150 (2) gd in Mar.
Mon Parrain (FR) 9-1 (11-6) Held up towards rear, struggling from 13th, 8th of 12, well behind Night In Milan (10-12) at Doncaster 3m 2f hcp chs (2) gd in Mar.
Forgotten Gold (IRE) 11-2 (11-9) Prominent, outpaced 2 out, soon ridden and lost place, kept on same pace, no chance with leaders, 4th of 9, 13l behind Benbens (11-7) at Stratford 2m 7f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gs in Mar.
Bradley 16-1 (11-1) Held up in rear, mistake 3rd, headway 5 out, stayed on approaching last, never nearer, 5th of 12, 8l behind Hey Big Spender (11-12) at Ascot 3m hcp chs 0-150 (2) gd in Mar.
Imperial Circus (IRE) 4-1fav (11-9) Held up in rear, closed on inside when not fluent 9th, not fluent 11th, weakened approaching 3 out, 7th of 9, 36l behind On Trend (11-2) at Exeter 3m hcp chs 0-130 (3) gd in Mar.