Kris Cross went up 8lb for scoring at Ascot in November but started favourite for a similar race to this here last month, though jumped poorly. He'll need to have a better round against several in-form rivals including Ifyousayso, though he's been hit with a 10lb rise after completing a double at Doncaster. King's Grace was fortunate to score at Sedgefield in December and is another to have shot up the weights while Saints And Sinners hasn't had much experience. DREAMY GEORGE was having just his third start over fences when runner-up at Doncaster but looks the type to make progress and is given the nod in a tight-looking handicap.
Ifyousayso (IRE) 11-2 (11-7) With leader, pushed along before 4 out, challenged 3 out, ridden before 2 out, led 2 out, clear before and not fluent last, driven out run-in, held on well towards finish, won at Doncaster 3m hcp chs 0-120 (4) gs in Jan beating Triangular (11-12) by 1 1/4l, 12 ran.
Kris Cross (IRE) 11-8fav (10-9) Tracked leader, led and not fluent 11th, headed 3 out, kept on and no chance with winner, 2nd of 4, 3l behind Isla Pearl Fisher (11-1) at Musselburgh 3m hcp chs 0-135 (3) sft in Jan.
Dreamy George (IRE) 25-1 (11-0) Held up towards rea in 5th, went 4th at 12th, challenged 3 out, chased winner before last, kept on and no impression, 2nd of 7, 8l behind Victor Hewgo (11-0) at Doncaster 3m nov chs (4) gs in Jan.
Dream Flyer (IRE) 5-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders, ridden 3 out, one paced from next, 4th of 5, 18l behind I Need Gold (10-12) at Catterick 3m 1f nov hdl (4) sft in Jan.
Purcell's Bridge (FR) 7-1 (11-10) Tracked leaders, lost place briefly after 5 out, outpaced next, hampered 3 out, weakened next, tailed off, 4th of 7, 41l behind Sharney Sike (10-1) at Wetherby 2m 4f hcp chs 0-120 (4) sft in Jan.
Saints And Sinners (IRE) 7-2 (10-8) In touch, outpaced 8th, stayed on approaching 3 out, no chance with winner, went 2nd flat, 2nd of 6, 9l behind Benefit Cut (11-4) at Market Rasen 2m 4f nov hcp chs (0-125) (3) sft.
King's Grace 7-2 (11-9) Always prominent on outside, effort 2 out, ridden and 2 lengths down in 2nd last, led flat, kept on, won at Sedgefield 2m 4f hcp chs 0-110 (4) sft in Dec beating Brieryhill Boy (10-3) by 1 1/4l, 7 ran.
Hawaii Klass 8-1 (11-7) In rear, in touch before 6th, pushed along 10th, headway before 4 out, went 2nd before 3 out until no extra run-in, 3rd of 6, 3 1/2l behind Etxalar (11-5) at Carlisle 2m 5f hcp chs 0-115 (4) hvy.
Swingbridge (IRE) 25-1 (10-13) Held up in touch, 4th when blundered 6th, went 3rd 3 out, left 15 lengths clear next, stayed on well from last, not reached winner, 2nd of 7, 4 1/2l behind Brady (11-5) at Newcastle 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Apr.
My Idea 100-1 (10-10) Held up, not always fluent, well beaten after 12th, 5th of 7, 36l behind Ericht (10-12) at Musselburgh 2m 4f nov chs (3) sft.