Fresh off the success of Old Guard in the Greatwood Hurdle at Cheltenham on Sunday, the Paul Nicholls/Harry Cobden axis could well be a force again with the potentially well-treated VAROM
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who arrives here off the back of a 663 layoff. Clearly the son of Charming Groom has had one or two issues since we last saw him back in January 2014, but prior to that enforced sabbatical, he had shown plenty of promise in several decent novice hurdles. His best performance came when he split the useful pair Gone Too Far and Gaasin Golf in a Class 3 contest at Wetherby and if the Ditcheat maestro has him anywhere near that sort of level on his comeback run, this lightly-raced grey has more than a fair chance of being competitive off a mark of just 109.