completed his Festival build-up with a win at Duhallow point-to-point and has an able partner in J T McNamara.
Nicky Henderson's Juveigneur
came agonisingly close to lifting a pounds 250,000 bonus for landing this contest as well as a race at the Cheltenham Festival.
Whitenzo then joined Ballycassidy at the head of affairs, with Nicholls' charge looking to be going best of all along with Juveigneur
00 - Foxhunters - Chief Oscar, Dublin Hunter, Juveigneur
Ladbrokes: 5-2 Reveillez, 3-1 Alderburn, 6-1 Cornish Sett, 7-1 Hot Weld, 11-1 Wee Robbie, 12-1 My Will, 14-1 Juveigneur
, Sweet Diversion, 16-1 Zabenz, 25-1 Jack High, 100-1 Cowboyboots.
The six-year-old stayed on powerfully to win by four lengths from Juveigneur
(12-1), with Preacher Boy and Omni Cosmo Touch filling the minor placings.
First fence: Innox (fell), Tyneandthyneagain (fell), Royal Auclair (fell), Juveigneur
(fell), Whispered Secret (unseated rider).
TREVOR HEMMINGS, whose Hedgehunter bids for back-to-back victories in the John Smith's Grand National on Saturday, advises punters not to ignore his other runner, Juveigneur
However, the inevitable rise in weights won't make life easy for Hedgehunter and it would be no surprise if Juveigneur
emerged as Hemmings's main contender for 2006.
has also been starring in the pointing field and has an excellent Festival record, having won the Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir for Nicky Henderson in 2005 before seconds in the William Hill Trophy the next two years.
William Hill: 9-2 Denman, 12 Knowhere, Ollie Magern, Snowy Morning, 14 Juveigneur
, L'Antartique, Mossbank, Neptune Collonges, 16 bar.
is ready to better his runner-up spot in last year's William Hill Trophy Handicap Chase after readily making the most of an opportunity in the Carlsberg Novices' Hurdle.
stuck on well to claim third, while Lordofourown finished fourth.
But despite his latest romp being his first outing since April, Williams is keen to give the six-year-old plenty of time to get over the exertions which saw him slam Juveigneur
by four lengths.
LADBROKES: 6-1 Star De Mohaison, 8-1 State Of Play, 10-1 Montgermont, Turpin Green, 12-1 Commercial Flyer, Distant Thunder, Southern Vic, Vodka Bleu, 14-1 Copsale Lad, Cornish Rebel, Juveigneur
, 16-1 Bar.