Fredo carries 7lb extra for winning at Sandown last Friday. He'll find this tougher, while Caulfields Venture narrowly won a lower grade chase at Fontwell before following up in an all-weather bumper and will need further progress to figure. KELTIC RHYTHM scored at Leicester last month on his chasing debut and there should be more to come from him over fences. Neil King's charge is just preferred to Mentalist, who has blinkers applied for the first-time and has a chance on an earlier second to Wood Yer. Mister Grez and Passato have the past form to figure if back to their best.
Mister Grez (FR) 11-4fav (11-4) Chased leaders, ridden and weakened 4 out, 5th of 9, 17l behind Noble Legend (11-8) at Wetherby 2m 4f hcp chs 0-135 (3) sft in Dec.
Passato (GER) 7-1 (11-6) Tracked leader, lost place 6th, soon behind, tailed off 5 out, 6th of 8, well behind Oscar Hill (11-12) at Exeter 2m 1f hcp chs 0-130 (3) gd in Nov.
Castle Conflict (IRE) 8-1 (11-5) Tracked leaders on outside, lost place before carried left 7th, behind next, pulled up before 9th, in a race won by Saroque (11-4) at Sandown 2m 4f nov hcp chs (0-125) (3) hvy in Feb, 8 ran.
Fredo (IRE) 3-1 (11-11) Tracked leading pair, hit 6th, went 2nd before 3 out, upsides when bumped 2 out, soon ridden, challenged last, driven to lead final 150 yards and won going away, won at Sandown 2m 4f 5yo Am hcp 0-115 (4) sft beating Tafika (11-6) by 5l, 5 ran.
Mentalist (FR) 7-2 (11-10) Tracked leaders, not fluent 8th, went 3rd after 4 out, one pace and no impression, 3rd of 6, 24l behind Freckle Face (11-5) at Towcester 2m 3f hcp chs 0-120 (4) hvy in Feb.
Keltic Rhythm (IRE) 6-1 (10-11) Made all, clear 3 out, easily, won at Leicester 2m 7f nov chs (3) gs in Feb beating Miss Milborne (10-7) by 13l, 8 ran.
Caulfields Venture (IRE) 16-1 (11-4) Always handy, led over 2f out, ran on well, won at Kempton 2m n h flat (4) std in Jan beating Bally Legend (11-4) by 2l, 14 ran.
That's The Deal (IRE) 9-1 (9-10) In rear, pushed along 8th, struggling 10th, tailed off and pulled up before 14th, in a race won by Presented (10-5) at Fakenham 3m hcp chs 0-130 (3) hvy in Jan, 6 ran.