In what appears a typically competitive renewal of this premier handicap chase, ROSSVOSS(best price 16/1)
is taken to keep up the good recent form of the Ted Walsh barn. A tidy winner over fences at Punchestown two starts ago, the son of Medicean made a mockery of his lenient-looking mark over hurdles on his most recent outing at Navan, so much so, that the handicapper saw fit to raise him a whopping 17lb when doing his re-calculations subsequently. A closer inspection of that performance, revealed that he ran the final circuit 4.5 seconds quicker than the Grade 2 Navan Novice Hurdle winner, Bellshill, and that further adds more meat to the bones of that quite bewildering display. Clearly, the tougue-tie and blinker combination that were in operation that day worked wonders for this sometimes mercurial character, so it’s just a question of whether those aids can galvanise the seven-year-old in the same fashion for a second time. If they do and he can avoid the likely trouble that comes attached to this big-field handicap, he certainly has the capabilities to provide his popular handler with another decent pay day.