Across The Bay is improving but this is easily his stiffest task to date over fences and he may struggle to get the better of QUITO DE LA ROQUE in receipt of only 4lb. Colm Murphy's charge was a good third to Kauto Stone on his reappearance in the Grade 1 Champion Chase at Down Royal last month and runner-up First Lieutenant went on to finish third in last week's Hennessy. Calgary Bay is a very good handicapper on his day but may need more time after pulling up at Cheltenham while it's too early to determine whether Wayward Prince's second in the Charlie Hall was a genuine return to form as he was well behind Calgary Bay at Doncaster earlier in the year.
Quito De La Roque (FR) 2-1fav (11-10) Close up, slight mistake 7 out, soon on terms, not match 1st 2 approaching last, kept on run-in, 3rd of 8, 5l behind Kauto Stone (11-10) at Down Royal 3m Grade 1 chs (1) gs in Nov.
Across The Bay (IRE) 10-11fav (11-10) With leader, led before 11th, clear after 2 out, eased heavily last 100 yards, won at Carlisle 3m grad ch (2) hvy in Nov beating Cappa Bleu (11-10) by 28l, 5 ran.
Calgary Bay (IRE) 16-1 (11-7) Held up and behind, slightly hampered
Wayward Prince 33-1 (11-0) Held up in touch, headway on outer to lead before 4 out, mistake and headed 2 out, no chance with winner, 2nd of 6, 11l behind Silviniaco Conti (11-5) at Wetherby 3m 1f chs G2 (1) gs in Nov.