held up, not fluent 9th, outpaced from 11th, well beaten 4 out
took keen hold, tracking leaders 2nd, led 9th, slightly hampered by loose horse and headed next, hit 14th, mistake when winner getting away 3 out, closed last, outpaced flat
led until after 3rd, left in lead 8th, headed next, not fluent and outpaced from 11th, weakened 3 out, mistake 2 out
prominent, led after 3rd, mistake and unseated rider 8th
always prominent, led 10th, clear 3 out until last, shaken up and asserted to go clear again flat
Leading Man was a decent sort a couple of years ago but it remains to be seen if he's retained all of his ability after injury and a lengthy lay-off. THAT'S RHYTHM has a terrific record over C&D and comes here off the back of a couple of wins in point-to-points. He looks the one to beat as Idole First was a lucky winner at Bitterley two weeks ago and Surenaga, who has been taking on better company, has to concede weight to all of his rivals. Pistolet Time is very lightly-raced but fell between the flags last time and it remains to be seen if that has affected his confidence.
Surenaga (IRE) 10-11 (12-7) (cp) held up; went 2nd 4 out; unable qckn flat, 2nd of 3, 3/4l behind Little Rocker (12-0) at Sandon 3m ptp gd.
Pistolet Time (IRE) 6-5 (12-7) 2nd when fell 14, in a race won by Owenacurra (12-0) at Whittington 3m ptp gd, 3 ran.
Idole First (IRE) 9-2 (12-0) Prom til outpcd 15; lft in ld last; ro game, won at Bitterley 3m ptp gd beating Hollow Ranger (12-0) by 6l, 9 ran.
Lough Cully (IRE) 14-1 (12-0) Alw pr, disp, not qckn 3out, ko onepce, 4th of 16, 12l behind Onefortheroad Mac (12-0) at Maralin 3m ire ptp sft in Mar.
That's Rhythm (FR) 4-5 (12-7) Trckd ldrs; led 3 out; easy, won at Garthorpe 3m ptp gf in Mar beating Menchikov (12-0) by 10l, 9 ran.
Leading Man (IRE) 6-4fav (11-9) Held up in rear, headway 10th, led 12th, went right and headed last, looked uncomfortable when eased towards finish, 4th of 7, 2 1/4l behind Keepitsecret (12-6) at Uttoxeter 3m hts chs (6) gd in May '10.