CUE CARD – 170
Admirable multiple grade one winning chaser. Has won this race twice, including last year when defeating much weaker opposition than this. Not at his best when last seen in the Betfair Chase on heavy ground behind Bristol De Mai having won the race three times previously. Age may well be catching up with him but still capable of a bold show.
WAITING PATIENTLY – 170++
Unbeaten over fences including a defeat of Tingle Creek winner Politologue at Haydock last January. Produced an impressive win over Belami Des Pictons at Carlisle before a comfortable victory at Kempton when not needing to be at his best. Improving seven year old who is potentially top class and should go close.
CONEY ISLAND – 168++ b
Talented chaser who has suffered injury problems. Returned from a twelve month absence to defeat Adrien Du Pont by nine lengths eased down in December. Open to improvement and should go well presuming he can repeat or build on that Ascot performance.
FRODON – 164+
Consistent chaser. Showed much improved form on heavy going when winning a grade three handicap at Cheltenham from Shantou Flyer. May yet improve but seems to want testing ground to show his best.
TRAFFIC FLUIDE – 164 ?
Inconsistent chaser. Not been at his best since a fair sixth to Special Tiara in the Champion Chase at Cheltenham. Highly tried at distances ranging from two to three miles and seems out of his depth again here.
TOP NOTCH – 162++
Talented chaser. Won the Christy 1965 Chase in good style over course and distance from Double Shuffle in November. Did not have to build on that effort when taking the rearranged Peterborough Chase at Taunton from Josse’s Hill. Open to improvement and should be thereabouts.
SPEREDEK – 161+
Game front running chaser. Has improved throughout 2017/18 culminating in a fair seven length second to Un De Sceaux in the Clarence House Chase. Stayed three miles over hurdles but needs the ground soft or heavy to be seen at his best. May improve again.