won three chases at Uttoxeter in the summer of 2000, but his trainer spotted the early signs of leg trouble and laid his horse off for a year, before a highly promising return over hurdles at Cheltenham.
Conditions are ideal for Berlin Blue
, who showed a real liking for the Uttoxeter fences when rattling off a hat-trick over them early in his chasing career in the summer of 2000.
Control, Fatehalkhair, Merchants Friend, 25 Kit Smartie, Sir Frosty, Berlin Blue
, Cedar Green, 33 bar.
Enrique, Last Option, 16 Carryonharry, Spendid, 20 Fatehalkhair, Merchants Friend, Take Control, 25 Berlin Blue
, Cedar Green, Kit Smartie, Sir Frosty, 33 bar.
The field is completed by Robert Stronge's Berlin Blue
, and Scoring Pedigree from Seamus Mullins's stable.
Trainer Robert Stronge has ruled Berlin Blue
out of the contest in favour of waiting for better ground.
Stayers such as Ackzo, Granit d'Estruval, The Quads, Valigan and Berlin Blue
are going to struggle for toe even if the ground is very soft, while Strong Paladin is 11 and rarely wins nowadays.
Blue Square: 6 Hati Roy, 7 Beau, Royale de Vassy, Take Control, 8 Shotgun Willy, 12 Berlin Blue
, Supreme Charm, Young Spartacus, 14 Billingsgate, Browjoshy, Earthmover, Goguenard, Legal Right, Royal Predica, Sad Mad Bad, 16 bar.
was a mightily impressive winner of the Uttoxeter Summer National in July, but even his trainer admitted it wasn't the strongest race for the high level of prize-money.