A decent novices chase with three standout contenders who all hold solid claims in their own right. Shelford was the best of these over hurdles and landed the odds at Towcester on chase debut despite not being the most fluent of jumpers and this looks a much tougher task on paper. Sir Ivan was arguably unlucky when stumbling after the last when third behind Huff And Puff at the start of the month and gets 6lb from his rivals but it was hard not to been taken by CHEF D'OEUVRE when he landed a beginners chase over C&D last month and he returns to an easier assignment compared to last time at Ascot when put in his place by experienced rivals.
SIR IVAN shaped like a well-handicapped horse from a mark of 135 last time, so a return to novice company looks an excellent opportunity for him to get off the mark over fences receiving weight from his main rivals. Shelford was a marginally better hurdler than the selection, but his jumping left plenty to be desired (despite winning) on chasing debut, so Chef d'Oeuvre may pose the biggest threat.