All eight stand their ground for Saturday's Betfair Tingle Creek Chase at Sandown - check out David Ord's horse-by-horse guide.
DEFI DU SEUIL: Beat Lostintranslation in the Scilly Isles here in February (Vinndication third) and took the JLT at Cheltenham in March. Didn’t have the race run to suit but still came home strongly to reel-in Politologue in the Shloer Chase on his reappearance and there’s more to come. There’s a lot of pace for him to aim at in this and if he’s in range jumping the Pond Fence, he’ll be very hard to beat.
DOLOS: Looked as good as ever when second to Janika in the Haldon Gold Cup last time but has about a stone to find with the best of these even on that form.
JANIKA: Went up 17lb for a string of good efforts in top handicaps last term but was winning for the first time in Britain dropped to two miles at Exeter. Potentially more to come as he’s lightly raced and unexposed at the minimum but he does need to progress again.
ORNUA: Exciting front-runner and Grade One winner at Aintree in the spring but he’ll do well to lead all these a merry dance from flagfall given there’ll be competition for the early lead.
POLITOLOGUE: Ran very well in the Shloer, jumping well and only cut down late by Defi Du Seuil. Another bold bid must be on the cards given he won this race in 2017 and will be content to take a lead. Second to Altior in the Champion Chase at Cheltenham so brings top level form – but the worry is can he repel Defi De Seuil’s late surge this time?
SCEAU ROYAL: Looked set to win the Champion Chase for a stride or three in March but eventually had to settle for third behind Altior. Beaten by that rival again over this course and distance in April but clearly one to consider providing the ground stays as it is.
UN DE SCEAUX: Wonderful servant to connections and bagged another top flight prize when thumping Min at Punchestown in April. Had finished second to Altior in this race earlier in the campaign and just about sets the form standard but rising 12 now, are the younger legs finally closing in?
WAITING PATIENTLY: Looked one of the most exciting chase prospects in training two seasons ago but unseated rider on his reappearance last term in the King George (hampered by the fall of Bristol De Mai) and failed to shine in subsequent starts at Ascot and Aintree. This is his first run at two miles since winning a Newcastle novice hurdle three years ago and he returns with a few questions to answer for all he has the ability to shake them all up if on-song.
DEFI DU SEUIL deserves his place at the head of the market after landing the Shloer Chase on his return, This will be run to suit him and he’ll be hard to repel up the hill. Politologue will happily take a lead and rates the main threat although Sceau Royal, if the rain stays away, is very much respected too.