His rivals include stable companion
Mizbah and the horse he beat, Press Room, together with the former Godolphin-trained Absolute Sway.
Off the track since suffering a well-publicised heart problem in the Desert Orchid Chase at Kempton last Christmas, the seven-times Grade One-winning chaser was joined by stable companion
Tanks For That.
But his solid placed efforts behind stable companion
On His Own in the Thyestes at Gowran Park back in January, Cheltenham's Kim Muir and, most recently, the Galway Plate suggest that he should be capable of landing a handicap of this standard.
The Paul Nicholls-trained gelding beat stable companion
Kauto Star in one of the most highly-anticipated Cheltenham Gold Cups in history in 2008 and was then runner-up to his great rival 12 months later.
Sole Power was the better fancied of the pair but while he ran admirably on his first start over six furlongs in almost two years, finishing fifth, he was outshone by his stable companion
One hopes her brother will remain a stable companion
by the time that next season comes around, since surely no-one is better qualified to train the son of New Approach than the man who has laid the groundwork.
Barry Hills' daughter of Footstepsinthesand will bid to follow in the hoofprints of former stable companion
Ghanaati, who was also an outsider when landing the 1,000 last year.
Musabah Al Muhairi's Pearly King managed a win over 1m3f last time but does stay this far, as does stable companion
Champion jockey Tony McCoy finished a close third on heavily backed Binocular - behind his 22-1 stable companion
He was chased home in that 1,400m race by stable companion
Regal Ransom who is one of six victims in that race back for another crack.
Fox-Pitt claimed first and second places on Tamarillo and stable companion
Ball in cool a.
Frankie Dettori partnered Authorized in the seven-and-a-half-furlong spin and he strode well clear of stable companion