Ch'tibello, last year's County Handicap winner, was only narrowly beaten on a return to Cheltenham in December but couldn't handle Grade 1 company in the Christmas Hurdle at Kempton. Elgin is interesting having won this in 2018 before a reasonable run in the Champion Hurdle. Twice a winner on the Flat that summer he has a long absence to overcome. Zambella, a winner on the Flat and over hurdles in France, attempted to make all in a Listed contest at Sandown early this month but couldn't find extra when headed 2 out in the race won by QUEL DESTIN. Paul Nicholls' charge was on a six-timer when fifth in the Triumph Hurdle but got back to winning ways on a return visit to Cheltenham in October and that latest run will have put him spot-on. Song For Someone couldn't quite hold off Thomas Darby in an Ascot Grade 3 handicap but a similar performance would see him go close.
Ch'tibello (FR) 10-1 (11-7) Held up in last pair, pushed along in modest 5th before 2 out, mistake 2 out, never on terms, 5th of 10, 13 1/4l behind Epatante (11-0) at Kempton 2m (1) sft in Dec.
Quel Destin (FR) 6-1 (11-3) Tracked clear leader, closer at 3rd, led approaching 2 out, 1 length ahead last, stayed on well run-in, won at Sandown 2m lst (1) hvy in Feb beating Call Me Lord (11-6) by 3l, 5 ran.
Calgary Tiger 200-1 (11-5) Held up in rear, headway towards inside hanging left over 3f out, weakened inside final 2f, 6th of 13, 18 1/4l behind Your Darling (11-5) at Newbury 2m (5) hvy in Jan.
Elgin 5-2fav (9-5) Keen, held up, ridden and headway 2f out, weakened final furlong, last of 7, 19 1/4l behind Hamada (9-3) at Newmarket 1m 6f hcp (2) gf in Jul.
Song For Someone (GER) 7-1 (11-10) Led, headed after 2 out, soon ridden, ran on gamely flat, 2nd of 8, 1l behind Thomas Darby (11-12) at Ascot 2m 3f hcp (1) hvy in Jan.
Zambella (FR) 33-1 (10-7) Led and soon clear, reduced lead 3rd, headed approaching 2 out, ridden and outpaced in 3rd between last 2, weakened into 4th at the last, 4th of 5, 10 1/2l behind Quel Destin (11-3) at Sandown 2m lst (1) hvy in Feb.