IN SUMMARY: Russe Blanc won this race in 2016 and is two pounds lower for this year’s renewal, running better than the bare result suggests at Cheltenham last time. He will relish this test along with Topper Thornton and both of those can outrun their odds, but preference is for BALLYCROSS. He ran well on his latest start at Chepstow and shaped as though he’ll relish being back up at this distance, jumping better than he has previously. With Zak Baker’s claim he is effectively off 10st 13lb which puts him only a pound above bottom weight and with conditions to suit, he should run a mighty race. Missed Approach has no stamina doubts and ran well for a long way in the Ladbrokes Trophy when last seen, but 11st 12lb is a welter-burden in a race like this.