French import Majala is worth keeping an eye on making his debut for Tom George as he's been placed over fences in France. Alexander Road didn't get very far on his chasing bow when unseating his rider, though Mac Aeda did better at this track last time. Basford Bob also managed a clear round at Uttoxeter and he could figure, but the vote goes to TRUSTAN TIMES. Tim Easterby's consistent five-year-old added to his point-to-point and hurdle successes when scoring on his chasing bow at Sedgefield in November and looks the one to beat here.
Trustan Times (IRE) 8-11fav (11-1) Held up in 5th, headway approaching 10th, went 2nd before 3 out, blundered next, led when went left last, bumped flat, in command close home, won at Sedgefield 2m 4f beg chs (5) gd in Nov beating Dodgey Dream (11-1) by 3/4l, 6 ran.
Basford Bob (IRE) 16-1 (11-0) Prominent, not fluent 2nd, led approaching next, headed before 3 out, weakened last, 3rd of 11, 16l behind Mister Hyde (11-0) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f nov chs (4) sft.
Mac Aeda 12-1 (11-0) In rear, weakened from 4 out, 3rd of 5, 35l behind Moon Indigo (11-0) at Wetherby 2m 4f nov chs (3) gs.
Majala (FR) (10-7) 2nd of 9, 12l behind Shannon Rock (10-3) at Auteuil(FR) 2m 2f chs gs in Nov.
Alexander Road (IRE) 5-2 (10-7) Led, blundered badly and unseated rider 4th, in a race won by Pegasus Prince (11-0) at Sedgefield 3m 3f nov chs (4) gs, 6 ran.