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ALTIOR - 5/4
A dominant figure in National Hunt racing since landing the Supreme 2 years ago. Returned from some time off the track to thrash Politologue in the Game Spirit last time out and so far, he’s been every inch the Superstar.
AR MAD - 50/1
Useful front-runner and not far off top class. Ran very well in the Tingle Creek in December and a career best could see him crack a top 4 or 5 finish, but he’s usually better going right handed.
CHARBEL - 40/1
Unlucky to fall in the Arkle last year when running a blinder. Holds place claims at best but needs to produce a career best to score in this company.
DOUVAN - 11/4
Outstanding horse on his day and an intriguing declaration here, but it makes a lot of sense given the likely ground, over the Ryanair option on Thursday. If he’s fully firing, Douvan can definitely give Altior plenty to think about.
GOD’S OWN - 50/1
Excellent horse on his day and placed in two Champion Chases. Isn’t progressive now though and really up against it on soft ground.
MIN - 3/1
Arguably the form horse coming into this after his romp in the Dublin Chase and has always given the impression he’s capable of a big performance. This could be his time to shine.
ORDINARY WORLD - 66/1
Talented in his grade but this isn’t it. Won’t be hindered by the ground. 3rd in Arkle last year.
POLITOLOGUE - 14/1
Tingle Creek winner who’s had a cracking season for Paul Nicholls and looks a bit over-priced on the best of his efforts. Altior toyed with him at Newbury though and that is hard to ignore.
SPECIAL TIARA - 28/1
2017 winner when given a fine ride by Noel Fehily. Needs better ground to be seen to best effect but he’ll be right up there for much of the way again to expose any chinks in the others.
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