Cross Kennon won this last year for Jennie Candlish when carrying 4lb less. He didn't make much impression back over hurdles at Ascot in December, however, and may struggle to beat third Kayf Aramis again. Veteran Powerstation has gone off the boil a little since winning at Navan while Benny Be Good may be found wanting at this level, but Restless Harry would have claims on his best form and Reindeer Dippin ticks a lot of the right boxes and comes here off the back of a C&D win on heavy ground four weeks ago. FEATHERBED LANE cantered clear of the 10-year-old over 2m4f at Aintree in December and is only 3lb worse off here. Philip Hobbs' improving gelding deserves his chance in this better grade and should take all the beating if lasting home as his latest second at Kempton was another cracking effort at the weights.
Cross Kennon (IRE) 40-1 (11-7) Mid-division, lost place 5th, slow 7th, soon beaten, 5th of 7, 37l behind Big Buck's (11-7) at Ascot 3m 1f hdl G1 (1) sft in Dec.
Restless Harry 20-1 (11-8) Held up in 3rd, tracked leader 5th, challenged before 8th, led 3 out to next, soon ridden, no impression before last, 4th of 6, 22l behind Big Buck's (11-8) at Cheltenham 3m hdl G2 (1) gs in Jan.
Powerstation (IRE) 25-1 (11-8) Tracked leaders mainly 4th, close up in 3rd 2 out, no extra from early straight and kept on one pace, 4th of 6, 14l behind Voler La Vedette (11-3) at Leopardstown 3m hdl G2 (1) gd in Dec.
Benny Be Good 15-2 (11-12) Held up well in rear, not fluent 4th, stayed on to modest 5th approaching 2 out, went 4th last, never any chance to reach leaders, 4th of 11, 5l behind Theologist (9-13) at Huntingdon 3m 2f hcp hdl (2) sft in Jan.
Featherbed Lane (IRE) 15-2 (11-4) Held up in touch, headway 3 out, led narrowly next, ridden last, kept on, headed post, 2nd of 19, ns behind Swincombe Flame (10-4) at Kempton 2m 5f hcp hdl (2) gd in Jan.
Kayf Aramis 8-1 (10-0) Prominent, went 2nd 6th, led approaching 3 out, driven and headed before last, soon led again, headed soon after last, kept up strong challenge, just held, 2nd of 8, hd behind Houblon Des Obeaux (10-1) at Cheltenham 3m hcp hdl (2) gs in Jan.
Reindeer Dippin 4-1fav (11-12) Held up in rear, smooth headway on inside after 4 out, went 2nd 2 out, led last, ridden clear flat, won at Haydock 3m hcp hdl 0-135 (3) hvy in Jan beating Stow (10-13) by 6l, 10 ran.