The eight year old started last season perfectly by ending the mighty Altior's 19 race unbeaten run in the Grade Two 1965 Christy Chase which saw the Paul Nicholls' star raised to a new rating of 178 after his performance in a first-time Grade One field, which has only been bettered by seven horses since the turn of the century.
After that he was a disappointing second in the King George when not staying the trip and having fell when the strong favourite to land back to back renewals of the Ascot Chase, with Nicholls lucky to see him back for another season.
The Son of Nickname although falling would not have won the contest having dropped back through the small field near the finish and overall did not show the true Cyrname at his home track.
After the heavy fall, many punters were wondering how he would return this term, but on his seasonal bow he put all those questions to bed when winning the Grade Two Charlie Hall Chase in fine style.
However, it was one step forward and then two steps back as he headed into the King George VI Chase in December for the second year running with a live chance and again he underperformed.
He was pulled by Harry Cobden that day, but the rider must still believe he can get back to his star ability by choosing him in this race over stablemate Master Tommytucker.