landed the Bowl two years ago having long lived in the shadow of Kauto Star, and ran his usual honest race to finish second under Tony McCoy.
was third behind Nicholls' big two earlier this month, but connections are hopeful he can land the totesport Bowl for a second time following his success in the 3m If contest two years ago.
As Exotic Dancer
headed the handicap for the Grand National with 11st 12lb, the weights will rise by at least 2lb.
has yet to get the better of Kauto Star in numerous encounters, but with a stronger gallop in the 2007 Gold Cup he would have given the winner more to do.
was in great shape, he showed a real lot of class and jumped extremely well - that was a big plus.
Paul Nicholls' 5-4 favourite Neptune Collonges led the field until falling two out, but Tony McCoy was right behind at the time and travelling easily on Exotic Dancer
The seven-year-old will attempt to pull off a double last achieved by Exotic Dancer
will be facing off with Kauto Star for the second successive year in the race after pushing him all the way in 2007, eventually going down by just half a length.
Old Vic, one place ahead of Exotic Dancer
in Kempton's Christmas cracker, has been entered by David Pipe, along with stablemates Celestial Gold and Madison Du Berlais.
But I'm sticking with EXOTIC DANCER
to waltz home for revenge.
Sam Thomas, replacing the injured Ruby Walsh, stepped into the breach like an old hand as he drove Clive Smith's ace to a narrow victory over Exotic Dancer
ARGUMENTS about Kauto Star's jumping have raged all winter and, while Ruby Walsh is too brilliant not to get him round in the Gold Cup I believe the race will be set up for AP McCoy to come late and clinch it with Exotic Dancer