Present Man, partnered in his two previous victorious by Frost, attempts to become the first horse to take the prize on three occasions.
The nine-year-old remains on a winnable handicap mark – 4lb more than he carried last year – but more significantly he lights-up round the Somerset course.
Also, he sparkles first time out. His two victories were gained in today’s contest when making his seasonal debut.
Paul Nicholls, the gelding’s trainer, is seeking an incredible 10th victory in the contest and fields the likely danger – Give Me A Copper.
Jointly owned by Sir Alex Ferguson, the gelding is well-handicapped and remains open to improvement as this will be only his sixth outing over fences.
Victory for The Young Master would be recompense as he was disqualified after winning the race five years ago as he was not qualified to run. He clearly has to be respected and represents the each-way value at 12-1.
Earlier on the card FUSIL RAFFLES (3.00, nap) can book his ticket for the Champion Hurdle by taking the Elite Hurdle.
He was a breath-taking novice last season and would have enjoyed more success had he not been side-lined with an injury.
At Aintree Colin Tizzard and Tom Scudamore can complete a double.
The pair team up with LILLINGTON (1.30) in the Virgin Bet Chase.
The seven-year-old will now be ready after his outing at Kempton last month and the recent heavy rain will not inconvenience the gelding’s chances.
THE RUSSIAN DOYEN (2.05 treble) can complete the double for the trainer and jockey in the Virgin Bet Chase.
He was a smart hurdler and is now translating that ability over fences.
The handicapper has given him a chance as he runs off a lower mark than he carried when a respectable fourth behind A Plus Tard on his latest start at Cheltenham in March.
The lightly-raced Cepage will be the danger. He ran a blinder on his only start last season when chasing home Frodon at Cheltenham in December.
Horse racing tips – Saturday 9 November
4.40 Limerick Lord
5.40 Mirabelle Plum
7.10 Summer Katze
7.40 Bo Samraan
8.10 Break The Silence
12.10 Sidi Ismael
12.45 Oscar Ceremony
1.55 Dieg Man
2.30 Halcyon Days
3.05 Bally Conor
3.40 Exelerator Express
12.20 Trio For Rio
12.55 Mossy Fen
2.05 The Russian Doyen (treble)
2.40 Diomede Des Mottes
3.15 Top Notch
3.50 Second Subaltern
1.50 Danse Idol
2.25 Reserve Tank
3.00 Fusil Raffles (nap)
3.35 Present Man (nb)
4.10 Confirmation Bias