Cross Kennon to get Cheltenham World Hurdle opportunity

Cross Kennon has earned another crack at the World Hurdle at Cheltenham next month after a fine run in defeat at Haydock last weekend.

The eight-year-old ran a superb race to finish fourth in the major prize for staying hurdlers at last year’s Festival and connections were excited about sending him novice chasing this season.

He disappointed on his first couple of outings in that sphere, so he was switched back to the smaller obstacles and ran with plenty of credit when chasing home Restless Harry in the Rendlesham Hurdle.

“He didn’t take to chasing so we switched him back to hurdles and it was nice for him to show what he’s capable of last weekend,” said assistant trainer Alan O’Keeffe.

“He’s come out of it well and he’ll go back to Cheltenham for the World Hurdle now and we’ll see how we get on.

“It is obviously going to be very hard to beat the likes of Big Buck’s, Dynaste and Oscar Whisky, but with his rating there aren’t many places to go and if he can finish in the first six we’ll be delighted.

“His main aim is the French Champion Hurdle at Auteuil in June.”