Chacun Pour Soi looked a chaser right out of the top drawer when a runaway winner at Naas on his chasing debut following 36 months on the sidelines, and coped easily with the step up in class when lowering the colours of top-class rival Defi du Seuil in the Ryanair Novice Chase at Punchestown in April.
He lost little in defeat on just his fourth start over fences, when the lack of a recent run arguably made the difference between beating, and being beaten by A Plus Tard over this course and distance last month, but with that run now under his belt, he is a confident selection to reverse the placings with Henry de Bromhead’s charge.
Bletchley Castle shaped better than the bare result would suggest when runner-up back over fences at Bangor in August, but ultimately paid the price for going off too hard. He was still well clear three out after initially being lit up by the attentions of a loose horse, but, after having his advantaged reduced at the next, he was eventually collared in the run-in by a rival suited by the way the race had developed.
He makes plenty of appeal from the same mark here though, particularly considering he recently demonstrated his wellbeing when runner-up to a smart winner between the flags.
Groveman had excuses when fourth over hurdles at Aintree in mid-June but ran up to his best back on the Flat when second at Carlisle later that month. He was well held in a listed event at Sandown on his reappearance/return to hurdling last month, but showed up well to a point in what was a stronger affair than this.
The fact that connections thought him good enough to be pitched into that race must count for something and, at the forecast prices, he is well worth a second look in an open-looking contest.