The logical place to start for this race is with last years victor UN DE SCEAUX trained by Willie Mullins.
The horse was a tearaway in his younger days but seems to have learned to settle much better in recent times. He won the Clarence house chase the last day easing clear by 7l.
Put up an impressive performance in this race last year turning the screw from the front someway out and keeping all rivals at bay all the way up the famous hill.
It would seem it will take something special to beat him again this year.
However that something special could be lurking in the field in the form of WAITING PATIENTLY, who is 6 from 6 over fences, winning the grade 1 ascot chase the last day when ridden ultra confidently by Brian Hughes, to take up the running after 2 out from long time leader CUE CARD, to win by just over 2l.
If he were to oppose the favourite in two weeks time it could prove to be a colossal battle.
The aforementioned Cue Card requires no introduction, the peoples champion. There wont be a dry eye in the house if the old boy were to repeat his victory in the race of 2013. His festival record since then isn’t sparkling falling twice in the gold Cup.
However that being said he is right back in the mix based on the Ascot chase run, when he jumped and travelled belying his many years. Further back that day was TOP NOTCH, second in the race last year who loves the good ground and should be much closer at the festival. Other notable entries at this stage are BALKO DES FLOS and CLOUDY DREAM