Giles Cross travelled well and even looked to have plenty left in the tank when heading home under jockey Denis O’Regan.
Neptune Collonges threatened at the final fence under a big weight but the winner asserted superiority in the run-in. Neptune Collonges has also been cut to 20/1 from 33′s.
“Giles Cross cruised through the Haydock mud and ran a fine Aintree trial this weekend though he will most likely encounter completely different conditions come the big race in April,” said Betfred spokesman George Primarolo.
Binocular has been cut to 7/1 (from 10/1) by Betfred for the Stan James Champion Hurdle following a facile victory in the Bathwick Tyres Kingwell Hurdle at Wincanton this afternoon. He has also been cut to 7/2 (from 5/1) in the market without current 8/11 favourite Hurricane Fly.