As we saw here yesterday with Party Rock, anything can win these big-field handicaps at this time of year, so it probably pays to tread with caution. Looking towards those who don’t necessarily jump off the page at first glance, UBAK (best price 16/1)
has enough quality to go well at a price and his fine third in the Coral Cup certainly gives him a better chance than his odds suggest. Prior to that, Gary Moore’s charge had posted another solid performance on the board when runner-up in the National Spirit at Fontwell, and let’s not forget, his best ever display came over this track in a Grade 1 chase. Given how the Colin Tizzard horses keep chugging along unabatedly, it would be folly not to have more than a second glance at MURRAYANA (best price 28/1)
. The son of King’s Theatre showed plenty of grit and determination to score under testing conditions last time and with the likes of Champagne At Tara, Almost Gemini, Rock On Rocky and Party Rock all running well out of the race since, the form looks rock-solid.