THERE was a familiar feel to the first major prize of the new National Hunt season at Tipperary yesterday as Aramon struck for the all-conquering alliance of Willie Mullins and Paul Townend in the Grade 3 Kevin McManus Bookmaker Grimes Hurdle for the Aramon Syndicate.

This valuable prize attracted a really good field that included a host of Grade 1 winners and a recent Cheltenham Festival hero in Chosen Mate.