David Pipe, who has won this for the past two years with Grands Crus and Dynaste, complicates matters here by saddling Knight Pass, who will probably just need this after an absence since the Cheltenham Festival, and the French import KATKEAU, who gets the nod. The five-year-old is having his first start for the yard after sluicing home in a handicap at Auteuil in heavy going during the summer and looks to have been let in lightly off a mark of 124. Trustan Times made a superb comeback to land a tough handicap at Wetherby but an 8lb rise and a stronger line-up may scupper his chances of a follow-up but Coral Cup winner Son Of Flicka will be better for his run at Aintree and has to be considered in a race that should be run to suit. Saphir River unseated his rider in the Coral Cup but bounced back with a victory over fences at Uttoxeter three weeks ago and though his future lies over the bigger obstacles he's well enough treated to make his presence felt here. Sivola De Sivola has been progressing nicely and ran well for a long way on his reappearance at Cheltenham so he's another to consider in a wide open event.
Trustan Times (IRE) 10-1 (11-12) Mid-division, headway before 3 out, went 3rd before 2 out, chased leader before last, led run-in, kept on well, won at Wetherby 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gs beating Bar De Ligne (11-6) by 2 1/4l, 14 ran.
Son of Flicka 12-1 (11-12) Held up in rear, took keen hold, pushed along before 6th, soon well behind, tailed off 8th, 8th of 10, 50l behind Simonside (10-0) at Aintree 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-145 (2) sft in Oct.
Sunnyhillboy (IRE) 16-1 (10-5) Tracked leaders on outside, effort 2 out, soon challenged, led last, ridden 2 lengths clear passing elbow, kept on same pace under pressure final 100 yards, no extra, headed post, 2nd of 40, ns behind Neptune Collonges (11-6) at Aintree 4m 4f Handicap Chase (Grade 3) (7yo+) (1) gd in Apr.
American Spin 16-1 (11-6) With leader, mistake 8th, led next, hit 3 out, ridden and headed 2 out, weakened flat, 7th of 20, 14l behind Action Master (10-6) at Cheltenham 3m hcp hdl (2) gs in Oct.
Mad Moose (IRE) 33-1 (11-10) Chased leaders, went 2nd approaching 3 out, no impression on winner last, lost 2nd and no extra flat, 3rd of 10, 10l behind Simonside (10-0) at Aintree 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-145 (2) sft in Oct.
Saphir River (FR) 11-2 (11-2) Held up towards rear, took keen hold, steady headway approaching 5th, not much room when challenging after 2 out, soon led, stayed on well to draw clear flat, won at Uttoxeter 2m beg chs (4) sft beating Turbo Du Ranch (11-2) by 7l, 14 ran.
Mr Moonshine (IRE) 11-4 (11-6) With leader, led 5th, not fluent 9th, ridden and headed last, no extra and lost 2nd place close home, 3rd of 4, 8l behind Bold Sir Brian (11-4) at Carlisle 2m 4f chs (2) hvy.
Barafundle (IRE) 8-1 (10-10) Chased leaders, driven 8th, switched outside and outpaced approaching 2 out, soon ridden and weakened, 16th of 23, 45l behind Buena Vista (10-3) at Cheltenham 3m lstd hcp hdl (1) gd in Mar '11.
Knight Pass (IRE) 66-1 (11-2) Mid-division, mistake 6th, behind after next, tailed off, 17th of 24, well behind Attaglance (11-3) at Cheltenham 2m 4f Conditional Handicap Hurdle (0-145) (4yo+) (2) gd in Mar.
Sivola De Sivola (FR) 4-1fav (10-11) Held up in touch, pushed along from 7th, stayed on approaching last, went 4th flat, no impression on leaders, 4th of 20, 9l behind Action Master (10-6) at Cheltenham 3m hcp hdl (2) gs in Oct.
Holywell (IRE) 8-1 (10-8) Mid-division, lost place 4th, behind and ridden 8th, headway approaching 3 out, went 2nd flat, stayed on, no impression on winner, 2nd of 10, 4 1/2l behind Simonside (10-0) at Aintree 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-145 (2) sft in Oct.
Los Nadis (GER) 16-1 (10-8) Led until not fluent 8th, weakened approaching 3 out, tailed off, 9th of 10, well behind Ely Brown (9-10) at Aintree 3m hcp hdl (2) sft in Oct.
Arctic Court (IRE) 33-1 (10-8) Prominent, lost place from 7th, 13th of 18, 37l behind American Spin (10-13) at Haydock 3m hcp hdl (2) sft in May.
Lackamon 15-8fav (11-8) Tracked winner, mistake 7th, not fluent 10th, challenged when mistake 4 out and next, soon ridden and lost place, no impression before 2 out, left moderate 3rd last, 3rd of 7, 19l behind Knockara Beau (11-8) at Kelso 2m 7f hcp chs 0-140 (3) sft.
Katenko (FR) 4-1 (10-12) in a race won by Allen Voran (11-0) at Auteuil(FR) 2m 5f chs sft in May, 9 ran.
Katkeau (FR) (10-12) won at Auteuil(FR) 2m 3f hcp hdl hvy in Jun beating Reine Troodos (10-1) by 15l, 18 ran.