Olly Murphy had three runners in this last year with Richard Johnson riding the winner. The champion teams up this time with Corinto, open to improvement after just the two career starts. But the stable also run DONCESAR DE PRETOT, placed three times in his native France, and he should take all the beating if fully wound-up. Kilbrew Boy is improving and rates a danger but Go George Go has been disappointing so far over jumps given he won four times on the all-weather.
Corinto (IRE) 66-1 (10-12) In touch, ridden and headway 4 out, weakened 2 out, 5th of 12, 29 1/2l behind Finawn Bawn (10-12) at Bangor 2m 4f (4) sft in Dec.
Doncesar De Pretot (FR) (11-0) 2nd of 12, 1/2l behind Diamant Brut (11-0) at Vichy 2m 1f gd in Sep.
Go George Go (IRE) 80-1 (10-12) Soon detached in rear, went left 2nd, tailed off when pulled up before 5th, at Plumpton 2m (4) sft in Dec.
Kilbrew Boy (IRE) 33-1 (11-0) Prominent, led before 3rd, headed before next, led 4 out, headed after 3 out, soon weakened, tailed off, 6th of 17, 22l behind Nestor Park (11-0) at Warwick 2m 5f mdn (4) gs in Nov.