The highest rated horse in the contest who looks to get back to winning ways after finishing third behind L’Homme Presse and Mister Coffey in the Grade 1 Scilly Isles last time out, he was a well beaten by 27 lengths that day, but the two horses ahead of him look to be nice prospects going forward.
The Paul Nicholls charge is already a Grade 2 winner this season, and he was very impressive when winning the Howden Noel Novices Chase at Ascot in November last year, beating Faivoir by 9 lengths after a superb round of jumping.
He likes to be up there with the pace and should there be a decent pace in the race, that will suit down to his strengths. He is a solid jumper and will suit the flatter track of Kempton, with the step down in class he is a worthy favourite in this race, as he bids to land his second Grade 2 race of the season for a yard who are starting to find the winners again after a quiet few weeks.
Grade 2 winner at Ascot in November, a distant third last time out in the Grade 1 Scilly Isles Chase at Sandown but was beaten by two nice horses, back down in class and in calmer waters should get the best out of this horse.
The one to beat.