Only five runners are due to face the starter in this novice chase but it's still probably the most interesting race on the card. Sire De Gurgy made a winning start over fences at Kempton and ran Captain Conan to two lengths in a Grade 2 at Cheltenham next time. He'll make a bold bid to defy his penalty but CANTLOW ran a blinder on his chasing bow behind Hazy Tom at Warwick and, with McCoy up and in receipt of 7lb, he's just preferred. Like the selection, Aikideau might prefer a longer trip but can't be ignored if jumping better than when falling at Plumpton and the four-year-old Dark And Dangerous was decent over hurdles last term. Somerby looks out of his depth however.
Sire De Grugy (FR) 7-2 (11-2) Held up in touch, headway to track winner 3 out, soon challenged, every chance last, ridden and kept on flat, held final 75 yards, 2nd of 6, 2l behind Captain Conan (11-2) at Cheltenham 2m nov chs Grade 2 (1) sft.
Aikideau (FR) 7-1 (11-1) Prominent, fell 1st, in a race won by Broadbackbob (11-1) at Plumpton 2m 4f nov chs (3) gs, 9 ran.
Cantlow (IRE) 11-8fav (11-1) Tracked leaders in 3rd, chased winner from last, kept on well towards finish, 2nd of 7, 3/4l behind Hazy Tom (11-1) at Warwick 2m nov chs (3) sft.
Somerby (IRE) 150-1 (11-1) Always in last pair, struggling bypassing omitted 8th (5 out), tailed off, 6th of 7, 39l behind Milarrow (11-1) at Exeter 2m 1f beg chs (4) gs.
Dark And Dangerous (IRE) 12-1 (11-1) Chased leaders, headway on outside approaching 2 out, driven and one pace in 4th between last 2, no real impression, left 3rd last, 3rd of 12, 2 1/2l behind General Ting (10-3) at Sandown 2m hcp hdl 0-130 (3) sft.