Acting Lass got back on track in first-time cheekpieces when landing a Chepstow handicap chase in the mud last month, rallying to lead again between the last two fences after being headed three out.
He confirmed his return to form in the Silver Cup at Ascot last time, battling on well and giving his best only close home to finish runner-up, his jumping holding up well over the stiff fences. He goes well with plenty of give in the ground and, with just a 3 lb rise to contend with, looks the one to side with.
Sam Brown was successful in two bumpers in the 2016/17 season and won a novice hurdle in encouraging fashion the following campaign. He has presumably had his problems since, but he was backed as if in good order on his return from two years off at Lingfield earlier this month, and he did everything right on his way to posting a 22-length success.
Admittedly there was no real pressure on him, but he jumped the majority of the fences very well and created an excellent impression as he brushed aside his rivals. He is a smart prospect and, though he faces a higher caliber of rival here, he gets the vote to make it two from two over fences.
King Uther was a fairly useful hurdler for Chris Gordon but has struggled to fire over fences since making the switch to Venetia Williams’s yard. He was let down by his jumping when crashing out on his stable/chase debut at Exeter in late 2018, and he looked rusty when pulled up at Bangor on his reappearance over a year later.
He is tried back over hurdles here, however, and looks potentially well treated on the pick of his form. He has shown signs of temperament in the past, so the addition of first-time blinkers could be a positive, and, considering his good record on testing ground, he may be worth chancing at a potentially big price.