15:00 Sandown Sat 27 April 2019
Unbeaten in 13 starts over fences (incl 4x C&D); determined winner of Champion Chase for a second time at Cheltenham (2m, soft) last month - Sceau Royal (third) beaten 3½L; can he make it 19 straight wins and notch a hat-trick of Celebration Chases?
Grade 1 winning novice chaser (Maghull, Aintree 2m soft); well beaten fifth in this race last season by the brilliant Altior and has twice been on the receiving end of heavy defeats from today's rival this season (Kempton and Ascot).
A flag-bearer for Tom George; mercifully suffered no lasting damage when sharply pulled up in the Champion Chase at Cheltenham (lame); outstayed over 2m4f at Aintree (Melling Chase); finished a keeping on 7L third to Altior in this race in 2018.
Beaten 24L by Altior in the Tingle Creek Chase over C&D in December, but has won five of his eight starts over fences and got much closer to the reigning Champion Chaser at Cheltenham last month (beaten 3½L); needs another career best.
Useful handicapper (6-13 over fences); has had a relatively light campaign but arrives in decent form after finishing 9L second to Azzuri at Ayr (2m+ Listed) two-weeks ago; sharpest on a sound surface (i.e. good); rated 24lb inferior to Altior.
Last Year's Winner
|T: N J HendersonJ: Nico de Boinville|
Altior (1/6), Sceau Royal (10/3), God's Own (20/1), Diego Du Charmil (20/1), Vosne Romanee (33/1), Darebin (200/1)
- Sceau Royal
- God's Own