Nine of the 12 runners here have distance wins to their name and this should prove to be a competitive affair where our selection goes to the in form KEW JUMPER who we expect to see off De Boitron and Nelson. The selection who is a consistent sort, was a winner over similar trip last time and he will be under the ride of champion jockey Tony McCoy today. This will be of huge benefit to the gelding who will be looking to continue the resurgence in form of his trainer. De Boitron has been in good form since he returned to action recently. He was a winner on his return back in January but a rise in the weights hampered progress and he finished second last time out. The gelding still looks weighted to win and a return to easier ground should help though he doesn't look like getting the better of the selection. It remains to be seen as to whether Nelson can follow up on his most recent success. It was his first in this country and a first for his trainer. He comes up against some stiff opposition here and a finish in the minors looks likely. Templer has shown good form of late and should stay on best of the rest but will need to put in a career best effort if he is to make the frame. As for the rest a market check is advised but non look like getting the better of our selection Kew Jumper.
Templer (IRE) 13-2 (11-0) Tracked winner throughout, mistake 6th, no impression from 3 out, 2nd of 12, 11l behind Qulinton (11-5) at Chepstow 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gd.
Kelrev (FR) 8-1 (11-12) Ridden and struggling 9th, always behind, 6th of 8, 28l behind Pepsyrock (11-0) at Newbury 2m 1f hcp chs 0-130 (3) gd in Feb.
McGruders Cross (IRE) 14-1 (11-12) Led until after 2nd, prominent, ridden to lead 6th, headed 2 out, soon lost 2nd, weakened before last, 3rd of 8, 24l behind Victorias Groom (11-6) at Lingfield 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-125 (3) hvy in Mar.
Lidjo De Rouge (FR) 9-1 (11-5) Held up towards rear, headway before 4 out, jumped left next, weakened approaching 2 out, 8th of 15, 24l behind Templer (11-6) at Chepstow 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-120 (3) gd in Mar.
Mange Tout (IRE) 80-1 (10-5) Always behind, tailed off when pulled up before 23rd, in a race won by Garde Champetre (10-13) at Cheltenham 3m 7f hcp chs (2) gs in Mar '08, 16 ran.
Kew Jumper (IRE) 4-1 (10-12) In touch, mistake 11th, ridden after 13th, led 3 out, challenged last, ran on, won at Kempton 2m 4f hcp chs 0-130 (3) gd in Mar beating Pepsyrock (11-9) by 1 1/4l, 7 ran.
Kosmos Bleu (FR) 20-1 (11-8) In touch, ridden 6th, pulled up before 10th, in a race won by Le Burf (11-6) at Wincanton 2m 5f hcp chs 0-125 (3) sft in Jan, 10 ran.
Down's Folly (IRE) 6-1 (10-10) Held up, headway approaching 15th, weakened 3 out, mistakes last 2, 6th of 11, 31l behind Kilcrea Asla (11-1) at Ludlow 3m hcp chs 0-135 (3) gd in Feb.
Orfeo Conti (FR) 10-3 (11-12) Led until not fluent 1st, chased winner until approaching 3 out, weakened next, 5th of 8, 23l behind Laoch Dubh (11-10) at Bangor 2m 1f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in Oct.
Livingonaknifedge (IRE) 16-1 (11-2) Held up in rear, not fluent 5th, weakened from 4 out, 6th of 7, 41l behind Tarabaloo (10-2) at Market Rasen 2m 4f hcp chs 0-125 (3) gd.
De Boitron (FR) 15-8fav (10-7) Held up in rear, headway when mistake 6 out, stumbled after next, led 3 out, soon ridden, headed flat, held near finish, 2nd of 6, hd behind Flake (10-12) at Newcastle 2m 4f hcp chs 0-130 (3) gs in Mar.
Nelson (FR) 15-8 (11-5) Made all, clear approaching 4 out, stayed on well, unchallenged, won at Warwick 2m 4f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gs in Mar beating Major Euro (11-6) by 11l, 5 ran.