Bradley ran well for third in a Grade 3 handicap at Cheltenham three weeks ago, though Scottish National hero Godsmejudge wasn't far behind and is slightly better off at the weights today. Buddy Bolero was just beaten at Carlisle but the winner didn't frank the form last week while Well Refreshed looks to be firmly in the handicapper's grip on the evidence of his run at Cheltenham. ALFIE SPINNER failed to give 6lb to Standing Ovation at Wincanton four weeks ago but that was no disgrace. He can confirm that form with third Court By Surprise and go one better here as the longer trip is well within his range. Soll beat There's No Panic over 3m1f here in March and was then seventh in the Grand National. If he's fully wound-up, Jo Hughes' eight-year-old could also be thereabouts but Ikorodu Road has an alternative engagement at Aintree.
Godsmejudge (IRE) 8-1 (11-2) Always prominent, led 3 out, headed when hit next, soon ridden, kept on and every chance until no extra and dropped to 5th towards finish, 5th of 13, 4 1/2l behind Alvarado (10-0) at Cheltenham 3m 3f Grade 3 hcp chs (4yo+) (1) gd in Nov.
Michel Le Bon (FR) 22-1 (11-12) Held up towards rear, steady headway 19th, weakened soon after 4 out, 11th of 19, well behind Quentin Collonges (10-12) at Sandown 3m 5f hcp chs G3 (1) gd in Apr.
Buddy Bolero (IRE) 13-8 (11-10) Held up in rear, went 3rd from 9th, 2nd before 2 out, soon ridden, kept on from last, held towards finish, 2nd of 5, nk behind Vintage Star (11-3) at Carlisle 3m grad ch (2) hvy in Nov.
Ikorodu Road 12-1 (11-5) Held up in 4th, chased clear pair 2 out, ridden and rallied approaching last, soon challenged, led flat, stayed on well, won at Stratford 2m 4f hcp chs 0-135 (3) sft in Oct beating Passato (10-13) by 4 1/2l, 8 ran.
Soll 33-1 (10-0) Tracked leaders, hit 5th, blundered 15th (chair), hit 25th (valentines), outpaced 3 out, no impression from next, 7th of 40, 45l behind Auroras Encore (10-3) at Aintree 4m 3f (1) gs in Apr.
Well Refreshed 25-1 (11-5) Hampered 12th, always behind, 14th of 16, well behind Balthazar King (11-6) at Cheltenham 3m hcp chs (2) gd in Oct.
Bradley 5-1 (10-0) Mid-division, blundered 11th, headway on outside 16th, soon in touch, outpaced 3 out, ridden next, rallied approaching last, kept on and every chance flat, no extra when lost 2nd near finish, 3rd of 13, 4l behind Alvarado (10-0) at Cheltenham 3m 3f Grade 3 hcp chs (4yo+) (1) gd in Nov.
Court By Surprise (IRE) 5-1 (10-13) Mid-division on inside, mistake 3 out (usual 4 out), soon outpaced, ridden next, stayed on to take 3rd last (usual 2 out), kept on, never troubled leaders, 3rd of 13, 8l behind Standing Ovation (10-2) at Wincanton 3m 1f listed hcp chs (1) gs in Nov.
There's No Panic (IRE) 12-1 (11-9) Towards rear, outpaced 3 out, ridden to chase leaders before next, kept on same pace, never on terms, 5th of 12, 9l behind Night Alliance (10-2) at Ascot 3m hcp chs 0-135 (3) gs in Nov.
American Spin 13-2 (11-10) Tracked leader, not fluent 2nd, soon lost place, 5th of 7, 49l behind Claret Cloak (11-3) at Towcester 2m nov chs (4) gf in Oct.
Alfie Spinner (IRE) 16-1 (10-8) Led, headed 4 out (usual 5 out), ridden 2 out (usual 3 out), kept on same pace under pressure, no impression with winner, 2nd of 13, 5l behind Standing Ovation (10-2) at Wincanton 3m 1f listed hcp chs (1) gs in Nov.
Hunters Lodge (IRE) 7-1 (10-6) Led narrowly to 6th, remained in touch, driven approaching 3 out, chased leading pair before next, soon ridden, kept on when hard pressed for 3rd from last, no impression, 3rd of 10, 4 1/2l behind Handy Andy (10-5) at Cheltenham 3m am hcp chs 0-140 (3) gd in Nov.
Top Smart 16-1 (11-2) Mistake 1st, always behind, pushed along and struggling 16th, tailed off when mistake 18th, 6th of 12, well behind Standing Ovation (10-0) at Wincanton 3m 3f hcp chs 0-140 (3) gd in Oct.
Franklin Roosevelt (IRE) 7-2 (10-13) Tracked leaders, jumped slowly 3rd and lost place, not fluent 7th, headway 10th, lost place again before 12th, not fluent and driven 18th, well beaten 3 out, stayed on well flat, went 3rd and gaining on leading pair towards finish, 3rd of 7, 3 1/2l behind Fine Parchment (11-5) at Sandown 3m hcp chs 0-125 (3) sft in Nov.