Rum And Butter is likely to have plenty of supporters with Tony McCoy heading down to Stratford though he'll need to be at his best to defy the penalty he accrued for a recent victory at Kempton and MCLLHATTON may be able to take his measure. Paul Nicholls' six-year-old was no mug over hurdles with victories at Huntingdon and Fontwell but it appears significant that the trainer hasn't wasted too much time over the smaller obstacles, and this appears to be an ideal starting point. The Jugopolist won a selling hurdle at Leicester for Rebecca Curtis and was well beaten in a similar event at Southwell. Dr Anubis appears impossible to fancy on all known form.
Rum And Butter (IRE) 3-1 (11-0) Chased leaders, left 2nd at 3rd until before 8th where mistake, chased leading pair, led soon after 3 out, went left and hit 2 out, soon pressed, joined last, urged along and carried head high run-in but kept on well enough, won at Kempton 2m 4f beg chase (3) gd beating Golden Hoof (11-0) by 1 1/4l, 7 ran.
Dr Anubis (IRE) 20-1 (12-0) Led to 6 & 11 til hdd aft 15; wknd qckly app 3 out; to, 3rd of 9, well behind It's A Close Call (11-7) at Berkeley 3m ptp gs in Apr.
Mcllhatton (IRE) 11-4 (11-12) Tracked leaders, took keen hold, not fluent 7th, challenged 2 out, not fluent and led last, headed flat, held towards finish, 2nd of 7, 1 1/2l behind Irish Buccaneer (11-9) at Ludlow 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gd.
The Jugopolist (IRE) 20-1 (10-5) Soon in rear, pushed along after 9th, soon struggling, tailed off 4 out, 5th of 6, 38l behind Up For An Oscar (11-3) at Southwell 2m 4f hcp chs 0-125 (3) gd.