Al Boum Photo will be a strong favourite to land the most coveted of chases for a third time, in doing so emulating Best Mate and Arkle.
But it won’t be easy. A Plus Tard could be a revelation over this staying trip, while Champ was a top novice last season and Royale Pagaille (topically translated as ‘Royal Mess’!) could be anything.
But with drying ground and a visor on I’m backing SANTINI eachway for Nicky Henderson and Aidan Coleman.
Santini was only just touched off in last year’s renewal and on that form if he improves a bit he’s got every chance at long odds.
Those odds are because of disappointing efforts this term – but there have been reasons for each of them. I’m keeping the faith.