Alan King, Paul Nicholls and Nicky Henderson all saddle two in this finale and it's the latter who can come out on top. Barry Geraghty rides VASCO DU RONCERAY, fifth in last year's Triumph Hurdle and placed in a couple of Grade 2 contests. He caught the eye on his belated reappearance under a big weight at Aintree and this extra half-mile should suit. He's preferred to Cash And Go, who ran well when tried over this trip at Aintree but is 5lb higher now. McIlhatton may be the pick of the Nicholls pair while L'Unique should run her usual game race without being quite good enough. Dunraven Storm was impressive when beating Phantom Prince at Taunton but this looks tougher. Kaylif Aramis never seems to run a bad race but is still climbing the weights.
L'unique (FR) 8-1 (11-10) Held up in touch, ridden and disputing close 3rd last, stayed on flat, went 2nd towards finish, no impression on winner, 2nd of 19, 5l behind Polly Peachum (11-4) at Cheltenham 2m 5f mrs lst hdl (1) gd.
Dunraven Storm (IRE) 4-1 (11-10) Took keen hold, held up in last pair, smooth headway approaching 7th, left disputing lead 3 out, led approaching 2 out, clear when hit last, kept on strongly, won at Taunton 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-140 (3) gd beating Phantom Prince (10-11) by 2 1/4l, 9 ran.
Rum And Butter (IRE) 20-1 (11-6) Tracked leaders, hit 5th, well beaten after 2 out, 23rd of 24, well behind Don Poli (11-5) at Cheltenham 2m 4f (2) gd in Mar.
Kaylif Aramis 12-1 (11-3) Held up towards rear, headway before 3 out, ridden before last, kept on to take 2nd last 100 yards, 2nd of 22, 1 3/4l behind Doctor Harper (11-3) at Aintree 3m hcp hdl Grade 3 (1) gd.
Cash And Go (IRE) 12-1 (11-2) Mid-division, headway before 2 out, ridden to chase leaders last, went 3rd flat, stayed on towards finish, not reach front pair, 3rd of 22, 1l behind Clondaw Kaempfer (11-4) at Aintree 2m 4f hcp hdl Grade 3 (1) gs.
Vasco Du Ronceray (FR) 12-1 (11-1) Held up mid-division, ridden before 3 out, no impression from 2 out, 8th of 22, 11l behind Court Minstrel (11-12) at Aintree 2m cond hcp hdl (2) gs.
Vendor (FR) 2-1fav (11-12) Held up behind in touch, headway to track leaders when not fluent and reminder 4 out, soon struggling, tailed off from next, 6th of 7, well behind Brother Du Berlais (11-7) at Ayr 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-155 (2) gs.
Ceasar Milan (IRE) 9-1 (11-3) Held up in mid-division, hit 3rd, pushed along one pace and no impression from 2 out,, 5th of 16, 9l behind Brave Vic (10-12) at Sandown 2m 4f (1) sft in Mar.
Leo Luna 16-1 (10-11) Held up towards rear, headway on outside 2 out, weakened before last, 15th of 24, 34l behind Don Poli (11-5) at Cheltenham 2m 4f (2) gd in Mar.
Henryville 5-2fav (11-12) Held up towards rear, headway before 2 out, ridden and kept on from last, 2nd of 14, 3 1/2l behind Generous Ransom (11-3) at Wincanton 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gs.
Phantom Prince (IRE) 11-1 (10-11) Took keen hold, held up in last trio, headway approaching 7th, left in 4th 3 out, stayed on to 2nd run-in, no impression on winner, 2nd of 9, 2 1/4l behind Dunraven Storm (11-10) at Taunton 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-140 (3) gd.
Mcllhatton (IRE) 9-4 (11-6) Tracked leading pair, hampered and left 2nd at 2nd, switched right before last, upsides last, soon led, shaken up and stayed on well flat, won at Fontwell 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gd beating Shubaat (11-0) by 2 1/4l, 10 ran.
Guards Chapel 12-1 (11-2) Held up in rear, driven along in modest 6th after 3 out, never involved, 6th of 10, 5l behind Alfraamsey (11-4) at Plumpton 2m hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gf in Sep.
Vaxalco (FR) 6-1 (11-9) Always towards rear, ridden 5 out, weakened next, pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Tooreen (11-8) at Clonmel 3m hcp hdl 80-109 hvy, 16 ran.