That's Rhythm may be a senior citizen but he looked as good as ever last year with his only defeat coming when falling in the Foxhunter Chase at Cheltenham. Irish raider Walden should make his presence felt while Penmore Hill won three times under Rules last spring and arrives off the back of an easy victory between the flags at Silverton. Special Portrait is rarely far away in hunter chases north of the border though, surprisingly, is having his first run on the track. BRASSICK has yet to finish out of the frame under Rules. He had a subsequent Grade 1 winner behind when second in a novices' handicap at Chepstow in October and looks a classy addition to the hunter chase ranks - he may be too good for these.
Back On The Road (IRE) 4-1 (12-5) Held up; prog 15; wknd app nxt, 4th of 6, 18l behind The Falklander (12-5) at West Percy 3m ptp sft in Jan.
Beggar's Velvet (IRE) 10-1 (12-5) Held up; hdwy 13; 6th when ur nxt, in a race won by Moscow Menace (12-5) at Ratcheugh Racing Club 3m ptp gd in Dec, 11 ran.
Marufo (IRE) 5-1 (12-7) (tt) held up; gd hdwy 13; wknd qckly 15; pu 2 out, in a race won by Rumbavu (12-7) at Larkhill Racing Club 3m ptp gd in Jan, 10 ran.
Penmore Mill (IRE) 4-6 (12-7) Went 2nd 7; led 11; drvn out, won at Silverton 3m ptp gd in Jan beating What A Laugh (12-7) by 1l, 7 ran.
Pentiffic (NZ) 12-1 (11-7) In touch on outside, joined leaders 9th, lost place 4 out, behind from next, 7th of 8, 36l behind Merrion Square (11-7) at Kempton 3m hcp chs 0-130 (3) gd in May.
Special Portrait (IRE) 3-1 (12-5) (tt) hdwy 13; ev ch last; no ex flat, 2nd of 6, 3 1/2l behind Classinaglass (12-5) at Yorkshire Area Point-to-Point Cl 3m ptp gs in Jan.
That's Rhythm (FR) 11-8fav (11-8) Tracked leaders, not fluent 16th, went 2nd after 3 out, challenged last, ran on gamely to lead close home, won at Stratford 3m 4f (4) gd in Jun beating Swift Counsel (11-2) by 1/2l, 11 ran.
Themilanhorse (IRE) 8-1 (11-12) Not fluent 1st, tracked winner until 2 out, 3rd and beaten when not fluent last, 4th of 5, 14l behind Ballybough Gorta (11-2) at Cartmel 3m 2f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gf in Jul.
Brassick 4-1 (10-8) Tracked leaders, hit 4 out, switched right flat, stayed on, went 2nd towards finish, no impression on winner, 2nd of 8, 1 1/4l behind Pantxoa (11-5) at Chepstow 3m (3) gd in Oct.
Moscow Menace (IRE) 5-4 (12-5) Held up; prog 3 out; chall last; no ex flat, 2nd of 10, 1l behind Noir Et Vert (12-5) at Friars Haugh 3m ptp gs in Jan.
Ballycolin 8-1 (10-2) Held up towards rear, mistake 3rd, ridden 4 out, not fluent 3 out, headway when mistake 2 out, soon well held, 8th of 10, 27l behind De Boitron (11-1) at Kelso 2m 7f hcp chs 0-140 (3) gd in May.
General Hardi 25-1 (11-5) Prominent, ridden and outpaced 3 out, weakened from next, 5th of 14, 25l behind Indigo Rock (10-12) at Hexham 3m nh nov hdl (4) gd in Jun.
King Fontaine (IRE) 3-1 (12-5) Mid-div; gd hdwy to lead 3 out; drvn & hdd nr fin, 2nd of 14, nk behind Rumbavu (12-5) at Heythrop 3m 6f ptp gd in Jan.
Walden (IRE) 7-1 (11-7) Held up towards rear, slow 2nd and reminders next, progress before straight, ridden in 7th 2 out, left 6th, kept on and left 3rd last, stayed on to 2nd run-in, no impression winner, 2nd of 16, 3 1/2l behind Burren River (12-0) at Limerick 2m 6f hts chs hvy in Dec.