Medinas has been knocking on the door and had Cockney Trucker behind when chasing home Fox Appeal at Kempton last month. At Fishers Cross had to go on the short-list after wins at Ffos Las and Newbury, though has his stamina to prove over this longer trip, while Inish Island won at Downpatrick last time and is lightly-raced. Counting House had Destroyer Deployed behind at Newbury two weeks ago and First Fandango is back over hurdles after winning over fences at Fakenham but may have a few pounds too much. SIVOLA DE SIVOLA was very well backed in a Grade 3 at Haydock last month but weakened from the last having looked the likely winner turning from home. Paddy Brennan will need to keep him covered up here but he has the ability to win this if getting the run of the race. Saint Roque was closing on the leaders when brought down over a shorter trip here last time and could also figure off a low weight.
Cross Kennon (IRE) 16-1 (11-2) Raced wide, in touch, headway to lead 6th, narrowly headed 4 out, went right next and soon driven along pressing leader, led again soon after 2 out, narrowly headed run-in, kept on gamely until no extra in closing stages, 2nd of 13, nk behind Goulanes (10-2) at Cheltenham 3m 1f Listed hcp hdl (1) sft in Nov.
First Fandango 8-11fav (10-11) Not fluent chased leader, left in lead 12th, made rest, ridden clear 2 out, ran on, won at Fakenham 3m beg chs (3) gs in Nov beating Brady (11-2) by 12l, 5 ran.
Bouggler 28-1 (11-4) Chased leaders, weakened and eased before 2 out, tailed off, last of 13, well behind Goulanes (10-2) at Cheltenham 3m 1f Listed hcp hdl (1) sft in Nov.
Medinas (FR) 10-3 (11-7) Held up, headway 3 out, led before 2 out, headed last, ridden and stayed on, 2nd of 11, 3 1/2l behind Fox Appeal (11-10) at Kempton 2m 5f hcp hdl (2) gs in Nov.
Simarian (IRE) 10-3 (12-3) Held up in rear, ridden after 9th, headway 2 out, led flat, soon clear, won at Worcester 2m 7f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gd in Aug beating Round Tom (11-2) by 7l, 6 ran.
Cockney Trucker (IRE) 33-1 (11-12) Always in rear, mistakes, ridden 6th, weakened 4 out, 8th of 11, well behind Fox Appeal (11-10) at Kempton 2m 5f hcp hdl (2) gs in Nov.
Sivola De Sivola (FR) 10-3fav (11-2) Held up mid-division, headway before 8th, went 2nd after 4 out, every chance 2 out, ridden and weakened before last, 3rd of 16, 7l behind Trustan Times (11-12) at Haydock 3m hcp hdl Grade 3 (1) sft in Nov.
At Fishers Cross (IRE) 4-1 (10-10) Tracked leaders, not fluent 6th, went 2nd going well before 2 out, led when wandered last, soon ridden and hard pressed, ran on well on stands side rail final 110 yards, won at Newbury 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-150 (2) sft beating Salubrious (11-3) by 6l, 10 ran.
Kayf Aramis 25-1 (10-10) Led after 2nd until 6th, weakened under pressure 3 out, tailed off, 9th of 13, 46l behind Goulanes (10-2) at Cheltenham 3m 1f Listed hcp hdl (1) sft in Nov.
Buachaill Alainn (IRE) 7-1 (10-6) Chased leaders, ridden and weakened approaching 2 out, 7th of 13, 18l behind Goulanes (10-2) at Cheltenham 3m 1f Listed hcp hdl (1) sft in Nov.
Inish Island (IRE) 9-4 (11-12) Tracked leader in 2nd, took keen hold, headway to lead last and soon asserted, stayed on well, easily, won at Downpatrick 2m 6f mdn hdl sft in Nov beating Torn Asunder (11-4) by 4l, 7 ran.
Counting House (IRE) 16-1 (10-11) Held up in rear, headway 9th, no impression on leaders 2 out, stayed on flat, 4th of 17, 6l behind Fair Along (11-12) at Newbury 3m hcp hdl 0-140 (3) sft in Nov.
Monetary Fund (USA) 9-1 (10-0) Held up towards rear, smooth headway before 2 out, driven to challenge and every chance last, no extra in 3rd run-in, 3rd of 13, 3 1/2l behind Goulanes (10-2) at Cheltenham 3m 1f Listed hcp hdl (1) sft in Nov.
Destroyer Deployed 7-1 (10-8) Held up, mistake 1st, steady headway from 6th, no impression on leaders 2 out, 5th of 17, 13l behind Fair Along (11-12) at Newbury 3m hcp hdl 0-140 (3) sft in Nov.
Air Force One (GER) 16-1 (11-5) Disputed lead, mistaked 13th, mistake when weakening 4 out, pulled up before 3 out, tailed off, in a race won by Incentivise (10-0) at Fontwell 3m 4f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gs in Nov, 9 ran.
Saint Roque (FR) 9-2fav (10-13) Held up in mid-division, smooth headway and staying on just behind leaders when brought down 3 out, in a race won by Buck Magic (11-5) at Cheltenham 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gs in Nov, 21 ran.