Canadian Diamond has been knocking on the door but has little in hand on Right Step on their run together over course and distance last time behind Leviathan. Red Seventy was always holding Dragon's Den at Wincanton at the start of the month and should be a factor, despite a 7lb higher mark, while Grams And Ounces is very well treated nowadays and worth monitoring for market support. Gifted Leader is a course and distance winner and will have needed his run in a bumper last month but this looks a big chance for VULCANITE. Very useful on his day, he's been competing at a much higher level and is now 5lb lower than when last successful over hurdles in 2012. Get Back In Line still has scope and could also figure if coping with the sharp track.
Canadian Diamond (IRE) 4-1 (11-7) Tracked leaders, led after 3rd, ridden and headed approaching omitted last, stayed on, just held, 2nd of 14, hd behind Leviathan (11-12) at Stratford 2m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gs.
Vulcanite (IRE) 40-1 (10-9) Always towards rear, struggling 3 out, 15th of 20, 49l behind Willow's Saviour (10-5) at Ascot 2m hcp hdl Grade 3 (1) sft in Dec.
Get Back In Line (IRE) 7-1 (10-1) Pulled hard and held up in last pair, steady headway approaching 5th, chased leaders approaching 4 out, weakened next, 6th of 9, 35l behind Irish Saint (11-5) at Ascot 2m 3f Ltd hcp hdl (1) hvy in Jan.
Seventh Sky (GER) 15-2 (11-12) Always in rear, last of 10, 31l behind Fujin Dancer (10-11) at Fakenham 2m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gd.
Red Seventy 7-2fav (10-13) Raced keenly pressing leader, led after 2nd but pressed, hit 3rd, 2 lengths ahead when came to outside approaching 2 out, in command before last, stayed on well, driven out, won at Wincanton 2m hcp hdl 0-130 (3) sft beating Dragon's Den (10-6) by 2l, 6 ran.
Alwaystheoptimist 11-2 (11-7) Took keen hold and soon chased leader, mistake and lost place 5th, 4th and no impression when blundered and weakened 3 out, tailed off, last of 5, 41l behind Prince Of Dreams (11-12) at Newbury 2m 1f hcp chs 0-125 (3) gs.
It's A Mans World 12-1 (11-2) Chased leading trio, went 3rd 3 out until bypassing omitted 2 out, soon weakened, 5th of 6, 13l behind Bygones Of Brid (11-8) at Sedgefield 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gs.
Gifted Leader (USA) 100-1 (11-2) Held up in rear, moderate progress final furlong, 7th of 13, 34l behind My Tent Or Yours (11-2) at Kempton 2m n h flat (3) std in Feb.
Next Exit (IRE) 125-1 (10-12) Tracked leader when blundered and unseated rider first, in a race won by Wonderful Charm (11-3) at Fakenham 2m 5f nov chs (3) gd in Oct, 5 ran.
Right Step 10-1 (10-4) Took keen hold, prominent on outside, left in lead 3rd, soon headed, ridden and every chance before omitted last, no extra towards finish, 3rd of 14, 6l behind Leviathan (11-12) at Stratford 2m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gs.
Grams And Ounces 16-1 (10-11) Held up in touch in rear, not fluent 4th, outpaced before 3 out, soon weakened, 6th of 7, 43l behind Baltimore Rock (11-3) at Ludlow 2m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) hvy in Feb.