Dan Skelton's Protektorat should just have the edge in the race, having been a smart hurdles horse, but making an emphatic start to his chase career, especially on debut at Carlisle when landing a Listed race by seven lengths.
The son of Saint Des Saints was a previous winner at Cheltenham over the smaller obstacles, landing a listed event in January 2020 and since then has finished third in a Grade Two at the same track whilst running a modest race at the festival in the Coral Cup.
Now chasing he looks to be a different proposition all together and on his chase debut looked to be something special, and franked that form next time out at Cheltenham when landing a four runner Novices' Chase at Prestbury Park.
He showed serious ability that day to win the event by 17 lengths from the smart Southfield Stone and Paint The Dream, with the latter winning last time out.
He is the one to beat and looks to be progressing into a smart novice chaser this term and although he would have preferred the race at Cheltenham, he should handle Wincanton.