All have major question marks against them but at least ROYAL CHATELIER is one to arrive in decent form which is something that does not pertain to his five rivals. A recent third to The Last Bridge here last time was a particularly praiseworthy effort, especially in the context of this contest. Previous performances were solid enough too and he may be good enough here off the bottom rung of the handicap. Sentimentaljourney has been beaten a very long way on the last four occasions but is only six and there is room for improvement. He'll need to do so off topweight but the stable do have the knack of bringing inmates back into form after a series of disappointments. Five Out Of Five was beaten over 100 lenghts over hurdles last time but would be one to consider if rediscovering best form. The Williams charge certainly is worth a place on the shortlist.
Sentimentaljourney (IRE) 7-1 (11-4) Tracked leaders, took closer order 11th, weakened before 2 out, 4th of 13, 42l behind Gorgehous Lliege (10-12) at Towcester 3m hcp ch 0-110 (4) hvy in Jan.
Winston Churchill (IRE) 16-1 (10-11) Not fluent in rear, never a factor, 6th of 7, 18l behind Father Probus (11-2) at Fontwell 2m 6f nov hcp chs 0-120 (4) sft in Dec.
Pliny (IRE) 18-1 (11-4) Prominent, jumped left, hit 8th, weakened approaching 10th, tailed off, 9th of 13, well behind Jupiter Rex (10-13) at Ludlow 3m cond hcp hdl 0-105 (4) sft in Feb.
Five Out Of Five (IRE) 12-1 (11-1) Pressed leader, led before 8th, headed after next, soon weakened, tailed off, 4th of 9, well behind Dancing Daffodil (10-5) at Ludlow 3m cnd hcp hdl 0-95 (5) sft in Nov.
Royal Chatelier (FR) 16-1 (11-5) Led, ridden after 14th, headed 4 out, stayed on same pace last, 3rd of 11, 11l behind The Last Bridge (10-1) at Ffos Las 3m hcp chs 0-95 (5) gs.