Trained by Alan King, Barry Geraghty’s mount is a dual course winner and has been well backed all week, having originally been 8-1.
He does have to defy a career-high mark, however.
William Henry at 6-1 reverts to hurdles after an aborted mission over fences and with James Bowen’s valuable 5lb claim, he’s effectively only competing off a 1lb higher winning mark and is still relatively unexposed.
The same can be said for Diese Des Bieffes who is tackling this trip for the first time but stayed on well behind leading Cheltenham novice hope, If The Cap Fits, on Boxing Day and must be seriously considered under another top claimer, Mitch Bastyan.
However, as the betting suggests, this is a wide open contest with punters also keen on Wishfull Dreaming, who’s into 16-1 from 20, having his first start for Olly Murphy and bottom weight Man From Mars has been popular at 33-1 from 40-1.
WARWICK stage their biggest card of the year with the Classic Chase at 3.35 where Missed Approach heads the Unibet book at 6-1 and bids to take full advantage of a 6lb drop in the weights under Gavin Sheehan.
But in what is going to be a gruelling marathon, the likes of Indian Castle have been strong at 12-1 with conditions to suit, along with 14-1 shot On The Road who makes a quick reappearance having unseated his rider at the fourth fence in the Welsh National last week.
Krackatoa King has to produce a career best but absolutely loves it like a bog and hails from Kerry Lee’s yard who won this with Russe Blanc in 2016.
In the G2 Hurdle at 3.00, Mr Whipped is subject to very favourable comments in Nicky Henderson’s exclusive Unibet blog.
And with Finian’s Oscar switching back to hurdles, Unibet have clipped Colin Tizzard’s charge into 12-1 from 25 for the Stayers’ Hurdle at Cheltenham in March.