Hopeful Start was clearly in need of the run when well beaten on his chase debut at Exeter. This is less competitive and Jonjo O'Neill's charge won twice over 3m on easy ground over hurdles last season. But the going will hold no fears for GLENWOOD KNIGHT either and the seven-year-old, who jumped well on his fencing bow, is taken to build on his second at Hexham now tackling a more suitable trip. Silent Cliche was clear of the remainder when second at Wetherby last month but will need more here if he's to break his duck under Rules.
Glenwood Knight (IRE) 2-1 (11-0) Left in lead 1st, made most after until ridden and headed last, stayed on same pace flat, 2nd of 5, 2 3/4l behind Best Lover (10-11) at Hexham 2m nov chs (3) hvy in Nov.
Hopeful Start (IRE) 11-1 (11-0) Held up towards rear, pushed along 11th, mistake 13th, soon weakened, last of 8, well behind Wymott (11-7) at Exeter 3m nov chs (4) gs.
Not So Prudent (IRE) 6-1 (12-0) 4th of 13, 31l behind Comrade Bob (12-0) at Maisemore Park 2m 4f ptp gs in Mar.
Portside (IRE) 28-1 (11-9) In rear, mistake and hampered 6th, not fluent 9th, lost touch next, pulled up before 12th, in a race won by Azulada Bay (11-8) at Ludlow 3m nov hcp chs 0-110 (4) gs in Nov, 9 ran.
Silent Cliche (IRE) 15-8 (11-2) Tracked winner, mistake 5th, jumped right 6th and 7th, ridden approaching 4 out, not fluent 2 out, kept on, no chance with winner, 2nd of 4, 4l behind Aberdale (11-2) at Wetherby 3m 1f beg chs (4) sft in Nov.
Love of Tara 33-1 (10-12) Took keen hold, tracked leading pair until ridden and outpaced 4 out, weakened and in rear next, tailed off, last of 6, well behind Carole's Legacy (10-12) at Kempton 3m mrs lst hdl (1) gd in Nov.