Crystal Swing fell at the first at Ludlow on his chasing bow, which is obviously off-putting. But he would have a chance at the weights in this on his form over hurdles which included a victory on this card 12 months ago. Gentle Bob will have improved for his comeback fourth at Warwick and Lord Of The Dunes ran well at Taunton last month while Todareistodo has only finished out of the frame once in seven starts over fences, though is still creeping up the weights. Hollow Blue Sky is 5lb better off with TROJAN SUN than when finishing behind Tom Symonds' charge over 3m here last month but the latter looks the more resolute and can confirm the form and take this.
Gentle Bob (IRE) 5-1 (11-6) Took keen hold, pressed leader, led when not fluent 3rd, headed after 5th, went left 7th, mistake 3 out, every chance 2 out, weakened flat, 4th of 6, 11l behind Time To Think (11-5) at Warwick 2m 4f hcp chs 0-120 (4) sft in Jan.
Trojan Sun 10-3 (11-12) Tracked leaders, not fluent 1st or 13th, went 2nd 3 out, challenged 2 out, led flat, all out, won at Huntingdon 3m hcp ch 0-110 (4) hvy in Jan beating Craiglands (10-0) by 1 3/4l, 6 ran.
Hollow Blue Sky (FR) 11-8fav (11-12) Tracked leaders, not fluent 1st, mistake next, not fluent 11th, ridden after 3 out, one pace in disputed 3rd when bumped 2 out, plugged on to press for 2nd flat, no extra towards finish, 4th of 6, 4l behind Trojan Sun (11-12) at Huntingdon 3m hcp ch 0-110 (4) hvy in Jan.
Crystal Swing 25-1 (11-3) Held up until fell 1st, in a race won by Buywise (11-4) at Ludlow 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) hvy in Jan, 11 ran.
Brassbound (USA) 16-1 (11-11) Tracked leaders, not fluent 1st, lost place 4th, weakened before 4 out, mistake last, 5th of 8, 26l behind Massena (11-10) at Leicester 2m nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) sft in Jan.
Lord Of The Dunes 7-2 (10-13) Mid-division, headway 4th, ridden after 4 out, chased winner before next, not fluent 2 out, stayed on same pace, no impression, 2nd of 7, 3 1/2l behind Al Alfa (11-12) at Taunton 2m hcp chs 0-120 (4) hvy in Jan.
Petit Ecuyer (FR) 4-1 (11-6) Held up in rear, ridden before 3 out, never dangerous, last of 7, well behind Fiftyonefiftyone (11-9) at Fontwell 2m 2f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gf in May.
Todareistodo 4-1 (11-6) Held up in rear, headway 7th, went 3rd 10th, ridden and went 2nd before 2 out, one pace and no impression flat, held on for 2nd, 2nd of 9, 3l behind Free World (11-0) at Warwick 2m 4f hcp chs 0-105 (4) sft in Dec.