A cracking contest in which The Hollinwell has outstanding claims at his best, though he's lost the plot in the past year and looks best watched for the time being. That's Rhythm has been operating at an elevated level and should appreciate the drop in grade but still has plenty on his plate giving weight away all round. In the circumstances it looks best to focus on those in good heart and GARLETON showed that he's perfectly capable on good ground as well as soft when scoring emphatically at Bangor last time. He can continue his winning spree at the expense of Lothian Falcon, back to a suitable trip after a brave effort in the Scottish National, and ultra-consistent course specialist Harry Flashman.
That's Rhythm (FR) 40-1 (10-0) Chased leaders, outpaced 22nd, soon weakened, tailed off, 12th of 28, well behind Beshabar (10-4) at Ayr 4m hcp chs G3 (1) gd.
The Hollinwell 11-1 (11-12) Took keen hold early, prominent, lost place 5th, jumped slowly next, not going well, behind 9th, pulled up before 12th, in a race won by Commemoration Day (10-9) at Stratford 2m 7f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gd, 8 ran.
Garleton (IRE) 8-1 (10-8) Close up, led after 3 out, clear before last, stayed on strongly, won at Bangor 3m hcp chs 0-135 (3) gd beating Dom D'Orgeval (11-1) by 8l, 9 ran.
Lothian Falcon 33-1 (9-7) Always handy enough, went 3rd 23rd until approaching 4 out, weakened next, 4th of 28, 31l behind Beshabar (10-4) at Ayr 4m hcp chs G3 (1) gd.
Harry Flashman 6-1 (11-6) Always prominent, went 2nd after 2 out, led last, driven out, won at Hexham 2m 4f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd beating Montoya's Son (11-7) by 2 1/2l, 11 ran.
Fortysecond Street (IRE) 4-1 (10-13) Behind and hesitant at fences, tailed off 4 out, 8th of 9, well behind Pret A Thou (11-3) at Catterick 2m 3f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gs in Feb.
Dawn Ride (IRE) 7-2 (11-5) Held up in rear, left 3rd bypassing ommited 11th, blundered next, ridden and no impression when hit 3 out, 3rd of 6, 16l behind Western Gale (10-10) at Wetherby 3m 1f hcp chs 0-130 (3) gf.