THAT'S RHYTHM may be of pensionable age but Sally Duckett's 13-year-old has much the best form of these under Rules. He had a host of useful hunter chasers behind when runner-up to Cheltenham Foxhunter Chase winner Salsify at Stratford last June and a recent fall between the flags was uncharacteristic. Rocklandslad has a good strike rate in point-to-points but a woeful record under Rules while Noble Ben, Ballyeightra Cross and Lincoln's Inn have also been off the track for a considerable length of time. Marky Bob won twice at Fakenham last season but ran a shocker on his reappearance at the Cambridge University Hunt.
Marky Bob (IRE) 4-5 (12-7) Led til hdd aft 12; wknd 3 out, last of 4, 28l behind Ocean du Moulin (12-7) at Cambridge University United Hunt 3m ptp gd in Nov.
That's Rhythm (FR) 8-13 (12-5) Prsd wnr 13 til fell 4 out, in a race won by Sorted (12-5) at Dunston Harriers 3m ptp gd in Jan, 5 ran.
Noble Ben (IRE) 3-1fav (11-3) Tracked leaders, smooth headway to go 2nd 3 out, led next, ridden and stayed on flat, won at Cheltenham 2m hts chs (5) gf in May '11 beating Innocent Rebel (11-3) by 4l, 13 ran.
Ballyeightra Cross (IRE) 4-6 (12-5) Releg 3rd 14; prsd wnr 3 out; no ex flat, 2nd of 4, 3/4l behind Divine Intavention (12-5) at Ampton 3m ptp gf in Jan '12.
Lincoln's Inn (IRE) 14-1 (11-7) Held up towards rear, headway approaching 7th, ridden next, weakened 9th, tailed off, 9th of 12, well behind Ricardo's Chance (11-4) at Worcester 3m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Jun '08.
Living The Dream 50-1 (12-0) Hdwy 11; wknd 15; to, 8th of 15, well behind Certain Flight (12-6) at Larkhill Racing Club 3m ptp gd in Jan.
Rocklandslad (IRE) 1-2 (11-0) (cp) held up; led 15; drvn out, won at North Carlton 3m ptp in Feb '12 beating Pass The Parsel (11-0) by 1/2l, 4 ran.