Sire Collonges won a novice chase at this meeting last year but looks high enough in the weights. Well Refreshed is an out-and-out stayer who needs soft ground but Lost Glory may still be on the upgrade. BALTHAZAR KING is on the same mark as when successful 12 months ago, despite winning a cross-country race in France last month. Philip Hobbs' charge wouldn't want the ground to get any softer but will go close if the rains stay away. Tour Des Champs still has scope while Ace High and Bradley are potentially well treated, along with veteran Tullamore Dew. They'll see out this trip better than Market Rasen third Kian's Delight. This is a step up for Life Of A Luso, Connectivity and Mister Grez but Ballyoliver could figure if fully wound-up.
Sire Collonges (FR) 15-8fav (11-8) Led, ridden 2 out, headed before last, stayed on same pace flat, 3rd of 4, 2 3/4l behind Ackertac (11-5) at Cheltenham 3m 1f nov chs (2) gs in Apr.
Lost Glory (NZ) 7-1 (11-5) Prominent, ridden after 5 out, went 2nd 2 out until before last, stayed on same pace, 3rd of 18, 11l behind Storm Survivor (10-1) at Uttoxeter 3m 2f lstd hcp chs (1) gd in Jun.
Well Refreshed 11-1 (11-5) Always behind, never involved, tailed off when pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Quentin Collonges (10-12) at Sandown 3m 5f hcp chs G3 (1) gd in Apr, 19 ran.
Balthazar King (IRE) (10-10) won at Craon(FR) 3m 6f chs std in Sep beating Quick Baby (10-10) by 2 1/2l, 14 ran.
Ace High 4-1fav (10-2) Behind, blundered 7th, blundered and pulled up after next, in a race won by Roberto Goldback (10-10) at Ascot 3m Grade 3 hcp chs (4yo+) (1) gs in Nov, 14 ran.
Pickamus (FR) 11-4 (11-12) Made virtually all, headed briefly 2 out, ridden between last 2, drew clear before last, eased flat, comfortably, won at Stratford 2m 7f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gd in Mar '12 beating Time For Spring (11-6) by 15l, 5 ran.
Life Of A Luso (IRE) 9-1 (11-10) Held up in rear, mistake 6th, headway 16th, chased leaders 4 out, went 3rd and hit 3 out (water), left just over 1 length 2nd last, stayed on under pressure to lead towards finish, won at Newton Abbot 3m 2f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gf in Sep beating Inside Dealer (11-2) by 1/2l, 8 ran.
Tour Des Champs (FR) 25-1 (10-12) Mid-division, ridden before 4 out, kept on from next, 4th of 24, 16l behind Godsmejudge (11-3) at Ayr 4m hcp chs G3 (1) gd in Apr.
Ballyoliver 8-1 (10-10) Held up in 5th, mistake 14th, ridden 16th, headway after 3 out, led before next, headed approaching last, stayed on same pace, no impression on winner flat, 2nd of 9, 10l behind Life Of A Luso (10-1) at Cheltenham 3m 1f hcp chs 0-150 (2) sft in Apr.
Kian's Delight 12-1 (10-4) Tracked leaders, hit rail before 8th, lost place when not much room after 4 out, rallied approaching last, stayed on to take 3rd near finish, no impression with front pair, 3rd of 16, 13l behind Bouggler (10-11) at Market Rasen 2m 6f listed hcp chs (1) gd in Sep.
Connectivity (IRE) 5-6fav (11-6) Tracked leader, led 5th, stayed on, ridden out, won at Worcester 2m 7f beg chs (4) gd in Sep beating What An Oscar (11-6) by 2 1/2l, 4 ran.
Bradley 5-1fav (11-4) Prominent, jumped right at times, lost place 8th, closed next, ridden 12th, not fluent next or 15th, weakened before 3 out, 10th of 14, 33l behind Lexicon Lad (10-11) at Aintree 3m 1f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gd in May.
Queiros Bleu (FR) 6-1 (10-10) Held up towards rear, closer in 8th halfway, ridden into 6th 3 out, no impression next, kept on one pace, 5th of 17, 13l behind Another Rebel (10-5) at Killarney 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-140 gd in Aug.
Tullamore Dew (IRE) 6-1 (10-7) Chased leader until ridden after 4 out, weakened before 2 out, tailed off, 7th of 9, well behind Life Of A Luso (10-1) at Cheltenham 3m 1f hcp chs 0-150 (2) sft in Apr.
Becauseicouldntsee (IRE) 7-2 (11-5) Led, headed briefly 6th, ridden and headed entering straight, no extra in 4th 2 out, kept on one pace, 4th of 7, 15l behind Silver Tassie (11-12) at Clonmel 2m 4f nh nov hdl sft.
Vif Argent (FR) (11-4) 2nd of 8, 2 1/2l behind Very Ball (10-5) at Auteuil(FR) 2m 2f 4yo chs in Jun.
Mister Grez (FR) 7-1 (11-7) Held up in touch in mid-division, headway 11th, led after 13th, clear from 3 out, mistake last, easily, won at Ffos Las 2m 5f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd beating Taffy Thomas (11-1) by 18l, 8 ran.