Cross Kennon hasn't been in the best of form of late but won this in 2011 and this year's renewal is no tougher. Trustan Times couldn't cope with Reve De Sivola in the Long Walk Hurdle at Ascot last time but has leading claims in this company and Kentford Grey Lady also found Reve De Sivola too good in the Cleeve Hurdle at Cheltenham last month and can be given a chance on that form. ACROSS THE BAY hs been going well over fences and will go very close if reproducing last year's third to Big Buck's at Aintree. Donald McCain's charge gets the nod with the remainder all having something to find on today's terms.
Trustan Times (IRE) 11-4 (11-7) Held up in last trio, closer order at 7th, went 4th after 10th, ridden and went 3rd before 2 out, well held when mistake last, 3rd of 7, 20l behind Reve De Sivola (11-7) at Ascot 3m 1f hdl G1 (1) hvy in Dec.
Across The Bay (IRE) 20-1 (11-12) Chased leaders, weakened approaching 5 out, tailed off, 7th of 17, well behind Monbeg Dude (10-1) at Chepstow 3m 5f hcp chs G3 (1) hvy in Jan.
Cross Kennon (IRE) 25-1 (11-0) Prominent, ridden 2 out, kept on same pace before last, weakened flat, 6th of 10, 24l behind Reve De Sivola (11-8) at Cheltenham 3m hdl G2 (1) hvy in Jan.
Hada Men (USA) 6-1 (11-12) Held up mid-division, pushed along and headway before 3 out, went 2nd before last, kept on to lead flat, driven out, won at Doncaster 3m hcp hdl 0-130 (3) sft beating Powerful Ambition (10-11) by 3/4l, 11 ran.
Pettifour (IRE) 5-1 (11-3) Held up, not fluent 2nd or 16th, headway 18th, ridden after 4 out, one pace from 2 out, 3rd of 8, 10l behind Chartreux (11-10) at Wincanton 3m 3f hcp chs 0-130 (3) sft in Jan.
Kentford Grey Lady 11-1 (10-7) Held up behind, headway 2 out, soon chased leaders, ridden and stayed on to take 3rd flat, no impression with front pair, 3rd of 10, 6l behind Reve De Sivola (11-8) at Cheltenham 3m hdl G2 (1) hvy in Jan.
Miss Milborne 20-1 (10-0) Tracked leaders, hit 6th, ridden before 3 out, soon lost place, 6th of 14, 27l behind Medinas (10-10) at Ffos Las 2m 4f ltd hcp hdl (2) hvy.