Blue Hills has won four of his last five starts, including two in this grade and though raised 9lb since his latest success is unlikely to go down without a fight. Tornade D'Estruval wasn't beaten far at Newton Abbot last time while Titeuf De Tierce tackles fences for the first time in this country and Starsky Des Mottes should be suited by a switch to the larger obstacles. TINDARO also makes his chasing debut and Paul Webber's imposing grey could be well treated, despite top weight. He has more scope than The Boss and the enigmatic Another Trump so gets the nod.
Tindaro (FR) 15-8 (11-5) Held up in touch, headway to chase leaders approaching 5th, effort 2 out, weakening when mistake last, no chance with winner, 2nd of 9, 13l behind Grand Lahou (10-12) at Stratford 2m nh nov hdl (4) gd in Jun.
Kikos (FR) 5-4fav (10-12) Led, not fluent and headed 2 out, stayed on same pace, no impression on winner last, 2nd of 8, 6l behind Beggar's Velvet (10-12) at Towcester 2m nov hdl (4) gf in May.
Tornade D'estruval (FR) 7-2 (11-2) Held up in rear, headway on inside 9th, went 3rd after 3 out, pressing for 2nd last, stayed on, no extra close home, 3rd of 9, 1 3/4l behind Dean's Grange (11-4) at Newton Abbot 2m hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd in May.
Titeuf De Tierce (FR) 17-2 (11-12) Held up in last pair, headway 7th, weakened soon after 4 out, beaten when hit 3 out, tailed off, 5th of 7, 34l behind Rosoff (9-9) at Lingfield 2m hcp chs 0-115 (4) hvy in Jan.
Another Trump (NZ) 6-1 (11-12) In touch on outside, lost place 3rd, soon behind, no danger after, lost touch 4 out, tailed off, 7th of 9, well behind Shan Blue (11-0) at Southwell 2m 4f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in Jun.
Aviso (GER) 25-1 (11-4) Held up, not fluent 1st, headway approaching 3 out, one pace and no impression before last, 4th of 10, 14l behind The Tiddly Tadpole (11-12) at Hereford 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Jun.
Starsky Des Mottes (FR) 3-1fav (11-7) Held up, headway after 2nd, challenged after 3 out, led going well before 2 out, ridden, edged left and headed flat, held towards finish, 2nd of 13, 2l behind Dirty Bertie (11-5) at Fontwell 2m 2f nov hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gs in Jun.
The Boss (IRE) 7-2fav (11-3) Held up in rear, not fluent 4th, headway approaching 4 out, went 2nd 3 out, edged left after next, no impression on winner last, 2nd of 11, 7l behind Ray Diamond (11-6) at Fontwell 2m 2f nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in Jun.
Rince Donn (IRE) 50-1 (9-7) Mid-division, pushed along after 4th, never on terms, one pace when hampered 2 out, 4th of 12, 25l behind The Grey One (10-3) at Hereford 2m hcp chs 0-100 (5) gd in Jun.
Blue Hills 7-4fav (11-6) Tracked leader, led 7th, ridden clear 2 out, comfortably, won at Newton Abbot 2m hcp chs 0-100 (5) sft in Jun beating Tuskar (10-3) by 9l, 4 ran.