Harry Hunt will struggle to keep tabs on a couple of potentially top-class novices here with PEDDLERS CROSS fancied to keep his unbeaten record over fences intact at the expense of the equally promising Sprinter Sacre. Last season's Champion Hurdle second has been very impressive in his two runs over the larger obstacles to date and beat another well-regarded Nicky Henderson novice in Minella Class at Bangor last time with a degree of comfort. Sprinter Sacre did everything asked of him when beating modest opposition at Doncaster but will have to find a fair bit more to get the better of the selection here.
Peddlers Cross (IRE) 2-13fav (11-7) Led after 1st, shaken up 2 out, clear last, ran on well, easily, won at Bangor 2m 1f nov chs (3) gs in Nov beating Minella Class (10-11) by 8l, 5 ran.
Sprinter Sacre (FR) 2-9fav (10-10) Jumped well, tracked leaders and keen, led before 7th, clear from 4 out, always in command, won at Doncaster 2m nov chs (4) gd beating Lightening Rod (11-1) by 24l, 6 ran.
Harry Hunt 14-1 (9-12) Towards rear, hampered 4th, outpaced 3 out, never dangerous, 7th of 12, 19l behind Any Given Day (11-7) at Haydock 2m 4f hcp hdl (2) gs in Nov.