AL ALFA was in front and travelling best when slipping and unseating Richard Johnson at Wincanton nine days ago. He races off the same mark here and, with a clear round, should gain compensation as most of his rivals are returning from an absence. Havingotascoobydo is an exception and might be happier going back over fences but Arthur's Pass, who won three times at the start of the year, hasn't been seen since finishing third at Cheltenham in April. Sir Du Bearn won over a slightly longer trip here on soft going a year ago so could prove the pick of the remainder, though he's still 3lb higher.
Arthur's Pass 10-1 (11-10) Chased leaders, mistake 5th, lost place when not fluent 6th, headway 8th, mistake next and 3 out, no extra towards finish, 3rd of 9, 6l behind Grouse Lodge (11-1) at Cheltenham 2m 5f nov ltd hcp chs 0-135 (3) sft in Apr.
Ikorodu Road 33-1 (10-12) Mid-division, pushed along after 13th, no progress 4 out, 9th of 19, 33l behind Quentin Collonges (10-12) at Sandown 3m 5f hcp chs G3 (1) gd in Apr.
Sir Du Bearn (FR) 12-1 (11-4) Held up towards rear, struggling 8th, well beaten before 5 out, 6th of 9, well behind Carrickboy (10-12) at Chepstow 2m 3f hcp chs (2) hvy in Jan.
Havingotascoobydo (IRE) 6-1 (11-0) In rear, not fluent 5th, reminders after next, tailed off 4 out, pulled up, in a race won by Princely Player (10-12) at Fontwell 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-145 (2) gd, 7 ran.
The Chazer (IRE) 16-1 (11-6) Mid-division, headway 5th, weakened approaching 3 out, 11th of 12, 48l behind Pure Faith (11-3) at Worcester 2m 4f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gd in Jun.
Overclear 14-1 (11-7) Prominent early, in touch, ridden after 3 out, soon weakened, mistake last, 7th of 14, 11l behind Humbel Ben (10-5) at Newton Abbot 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gd in Jun '10.
All For Free (IRE) 10-1 (11-4) Held up in rear, not fluent when headway 5 out, hampered 3 out, soon weakened, 5th of 10, 25l behind Ackertac (11-11) at Ascot 2m 3f hcp chs 0-135 (3) sft in Nov.
Passato (GER) 16-1 (10-6) Tracked leader, weakened from 4 out, 7th of 8, 25l behind Tindaro (11-1) at Fontwell 2m 2f hcp chs 0-145 (2) gd.
Al Alfa 5-2fav (11-1) Soon led, not fluent 1st, 3 lengths clear when slipped and fell 4 out, in a race won by Goring One (10-9) at Wincanton 2m 5f hcp chs 0-130 (3) gd, 7 ran.