This handler does not have many superstars and this five year old could well and truly turn out to be just that having landed the Grade Two Kingwell Hurdle on his final start of last term.
Last season the gelding was a model of consistency winning at Fontwell on debut before finishing a decent third behind Mack The Man and Protektorat in a strong handicap hurdle.
He stepped up to a Grade Three event at Ascot where he was a length behind Supreme Novices' Hurdle second Thomas Darby and he used that experience to win at Kempton.
On his seasonal bow this term the five year old really made his present felt in the division, landing the Grade Two Ascot Hurdle, seeing off last year's winner of the International Hurdle Call Me Lord and Cheltenham Festival winner Laurina.
Symonds believes his gelding although showing clear stamina does not lack pace and he proved this last time out when going on to win the Grade Two International Hurdle at Cheltenham in December.
He showed gritty determination that day, that again he will need in this event and he will be hoping for another big run ahead of the Champion Hurdle in March.