Paul Nicholls has used the blinkers well this term, Le Mercurey another successful example of this ploy last week, so Saphir Du Rheu could spring back to life even if his latest outing at Aintree behind Cue Card didn’t promise as much.
Henri Parry Morgan (Best price 10-1) is arguably the best handicapped horse in the field after his fine second to Native River at Aintree, but he does lack experience over fences which is a slight negative in a big field. However, he won’t have many chances to run in a race of this nature off his current mark and is worth chancing given his technique stood up at Aintree.
Mustaaqeem (Best price 8-1), from a yard who have made a bright start to the season, won’t mind what the ground is like and he has looked just the type to improve again as a four-year-old. It appears significant the Stoute operation has decided to plough on with the son of Dynaformer this season and he should leave a mark of 88 behind this term.