Alderbrook Lad was in good form last month, winning at Worcester and Sedgefield. But his latest second to Safe Investment at Fontwell suggests he's in the handicapper's grip now. The latter has been well beaten since at a lower level and Royal Chatelier returns on a career-high mark but the assessor has given a chance to Red Rock and he should be winning soon if jumping a little better. FEARLESS LEADER hasn't made much impact so far over fences but gets in here off a decent mark and is back over his best trip. He could be worth an interest ahead of Midnight Lira and Shock N Freaney.
Alderbrook Lad (IRE) 11-8fav (11-10) Led, clear last, no extra and headed towards finish, 2nd of 6, 1 1/4l behind Safe Investment (10-13) at Fontwell 2m 2f hcp chs 0-105 (4) gf in Aug.
Royal Chatelier (FR) 3-1 (10-11) Led, headed approaching 4 out, soon ridden, rallied before last, soon every chance, no extra close home, 2nd of 7, 1/2l behind Dimpsy Time (10-2) at Wincanton 3m 1f nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in Apr.
Riddlestown (IRE) 33-1 (11-6) Held up, behind from 10th, 5th of 6, 44l behind Jimbill (11-6) at Stratford 2m 4f beg chs (4) gf.
Fearless Leader 10-1 (11-10) Tracked leaders, ridden after 4 out, weakened before next, tailed off, 8th of 10, well behind Calypso Bay (11-11) at Market Rasen 3m 1f hcp chs 0-105 (4) gd in Aug.
Midnight Lira 16-1 (10-5) Mistake 1st, always behind, mistake 6th, struggling in rear next, tailed off, 7th of 8, 46l behind Baby Mix (10-12) at Newton Abbot 2m nov chs (3) gf in Jun.
Red Rock (FR) 8-1 (11-5) Chased leaders, blundered 4th, went 2nd after 5th, led 9th, ridden and headed between last two, chased leader until weakened before last, 5th of 8, 19l behind No Way Hozay (11-4) at Sedgefield 2m hcp chs 0-100 (5) gs in Feb.
Safe Investment (USA) 11-4 (11-11) Tracked leader, dropped mid-division and reminders before 7th, ridden 3 out, plugged on and no impression, 4th of 8, 26l behind Chestnut Ben (11-12) at Fontwell 2m 2f hcp chs 0-95 (5) gs.
Shock N Freaney (IRE) 100-1 (11-5) Raced mainly last of the main group, pushed along away from his fences, no impression under pressure into straight, went 4th close home, 4th of 6, 16l behind Your Busy (11-5) at Galway 2m 6f chs gd.
Cossack Prince 7-1 (10-0) Tracked leaders, weakened from 4 out, 5th of 8, well behind Rudigreen (11-9) at Fontwell 2m 2f nov hcp chs 0-105 (4) gf in Aug.