Veteran THAT'S RHYTHM has come to grief a couple of times lately but won here in February and this is a big drop in class from the Cheltenham Foxhunters. Last year's winner may be able to give the weight to Gentle George, an excellent fifth in the Fox Hunters' at Aintree but undoubtedly better with more give in the ground than he'll get today. Cool Mission returns from a lengthy absence but runners from his yard are capable of running well fresh and he's preferred to the others who have been in good form between the flags lately but have yet to show the same zest under Rules.
That's Rhythm (FR) 20-1 (12-0) Mid-division, mistake 11th, weakened 4 out, tailed off when fell 2 out, in a race won by Salsify (12-0) at Cheltenham 3m 2f hts chs (2) sft in Mar, 23 ran.
Gentle George 40-1 (12-0) Mid-division, headway before 11th, chased leaders 13th, reminders before 15th, ridden and outpaced before 2 out, kept on same pace, 5th of 24, 10l behind Tartan Snow (12-0) at Aintree 2m 5f hts chs (2) gd.
Ballyjames (IRE) 12-1 (12-0) Led to 3 & 11 til hdd last; rallied to ld nr fin, won at Cheshire Forest 3m ptp gd beating Threapwood (12-0) by nk, 8 ran.
Cool Mission (IRE) 8-1 (11-8) Tracked leaders, led 15th, pecked 3 out, headed 2 out, kept on from last, always held by winner, 2nd of 12, 5l behind Posh Bird (10-3) at Catterick 3m 6f hcp chs 0-130 (3) gs in Jan '12.
Windy Arbour 11-10 (12-0) Ww; stdy hdwy 15; led 2 out; easy, won at Tabley 3m ptp gd in Jun beating Mats Teacher (12-0) by 12l, 7 ran.
Zacharova (IRE) 2-1 (12-0) Chsd ldrs til outpcd 4 out; stayed on 2 out, 2nd of 6, 1l behind Pennytino (11-7) at Pytchley 3m ptp gs.