MA LOOKS ABOVE PAR.
NEWSBOY 1-2-3 1 MA FILLEULE 2 JOHNS SPIRIT 3 DON COSSACK MA FILLEULE is expected to peak when it matters most to clinch a first victory at the highest level.
Twelve months ago, she ran a cracker here to finish second to Holywell and would have reduced her length-and-three-quarters deficit but for clouting the third-last fence.
There were no such jumping issues when the grey showed the boys the way home in the Topham Chase at Aintree's Grand National fixture.
This season's form needs improving on if Barry Geraghty's mount is to give Henderson a third Ryanair Chase success. She was down the field in the JNwine.com Champion Chase at Down Royal in November, before finishing third to Sam Winner over the Mildmay fences at Aintree 19 days before Christmas.
Ma Filleule has three and a quarter lengths to find with Balder Succes on their Ascot Chase running last time, but is reported to have taken a step forward since and, returned to Cheltenham, is taken to turn the tables.
Balder Succes has been transformed for a step up from two miles but his course record - fell, unseated rider, fell - doesn't inspire.
Don Cossack fell in the 2014 RSA Chase but has made great strides this winter, while few horses love this place more than Johns Spirit.
SPIRT IS WILLING Johns Spirit (right) should go close
GREEN FOR GO Ma Filleule is peaking at the right time