2m. 167yds. 9 Declared.
LK Bennett Handicap Chase (GBB Race) (Class 2 ) of £40,000.00 5-y-o plus
1st - €21,124.00 2nd - €9,720.00 3rd - €4,860.00 4th - €2,432.00 5th - €1,212.00
Formscan - FRERE D'ARMES kept his unbeaten record over fences intact when displaying a polished round of jumping to beat subsequent Betfair Hurdle hero Aucunrisque at Newbury in November and he looks more than capable of shrugging off an 8lb rise in the handicap. Prince Escalus returned to winning ways at Wetherby and, if gaining an uncontested lead, may prove the biggest threat. Xcitations, who finished behind in second on that occasion, makes most appeal of the remainder.