One of three for trainer Gordon Elliot and none of them can be completely ruled out. He is the oldest horse in the race, but has shown he is still capable of winning races.
Sire Du Berlais managed to get the better of Flooring Porter in the Grade 1 Liverpool Hurdle at Aintree last season, but it looks a tough ask that he will beat him for the second time.
Shortly after that victory, he came fourth of seven other rivals in the Grade 1 Stayers Hurdle at Punchestown, a neck behind Gentlemansgame.
He seemed to keep on at a one pace in the run-in so a bounce back will be needed, but risks come attached due to a 199 day absence.