Cheltenham Gold Cup hero Minella Indo, who was fourth in last year’s contest, holds an entry for Henry de Bromhead while Mount Ida and the enigmatic Asterion Forlonge, who has been the subject of significant market support, this week are also entered.
Expect Paul Townend to be very positive here and let Chaqun Pour Soi stride on. Although Shiskin and Energume served up a classic recently the 12/1 about Chacun for the Champion Chase at Cheltenham may not last long if he bolts in here.
Coleman said: “He’s tried that a few times, he has that in him. I was waiting for him and he still did it. I thought I was doing enough, but he’s just probably getting a bit older and a bit wiser.
This is his track, I know he’s won two Long Walks at Ascot, but he’s won three Cleeves now and a Stayers’.
“I said to Paddy (Brennan) at the top of the hill that I was still in it, even though I’d whipped around. They weren’t getting away from me and I knew he’d hit the line.
"He’s just different around this track, regardless of what goes before or after, this is just very special. It’s very special for a multitude of reasons, mainly just how much of a champion he is."