Any number of chances in an open affair which sees Alborz return to timber after four efforts on the level, most recently when a close second at Newcastle last month. He retains plenty of scope for improvement over timber and commands respect. The Road Ahead also makes appeal at the other end of the handicap after promising runs the last twice and rates an interesting proposition with Nick Scholfield an excellent booking. Kilflora and Ctappers are also noteworthy but FINDING YOUR FEET makes slightly more appeal. A progressive type, the O'Neill gelding was a decisive winner at Carlisle last month over a similar trip and looks just the sort to come on again. James Huxham has already landed a couple of wins for this yard this term and his 10lb allowance could prove extremely valuable.
Wellforth (IRE) 66-1 (10-13) In rear, mistake 4th, behind next, pulled up before 6th, in a race won by Rigadin De Beauchene (10-3) at Warwick 3m 5f hcp chs G3 (1) sft in Jan, 13 ran.
Alborz (IRE) 4-6fav (11-5) Led, headed 4th, reamained prominent, pushed along approaching 3 out, led before next, swerved left approaching last, ran on well, won at Ffos Las 2m 3yo hdl (4) hvy in Dec beating King Of Wing (10-12) by 3 1/2l, 5 ran.
Kilflora 11-8fav (11-5) Soon tracked leaders, mistake 5th, closed up 7th, bad mistake next, no extra in 2nd into straight, bad mistake last and dropped to 4th run-in, 4th of 7, 20l behind Good Luck Chuck (9-12) at Tipperary 2m 4f hcp chs 0-130 hvy in Jul '12.
Red Admirable (IRE) 12-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders, ridden 3 out, weakening when mistake 2 out, tailed off, 4th of 8, well behind Killala Quay (10-12) at Aintree 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Jun.
The Jugopolist (IRE) 7-4fav (10-7) Held up in touch, outpaced after 8th, mistake when weakening 5 out, pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Atlanta Falcon (11-0) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f beg chase (4) gd in May, 6 ran.
Basford Bob (IRE) 15-2 (11-10) Held up behind in touch, headway 2 out (usual 4 out), 3rd and staying on when fell last (usual 3 out), in a race won by Kingsmere (10-10) at Stratford 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd in Mar '12, 8 ran.
Heavenstown (IRE) 10-1 (10-13) Held up in mid-division, headway to 2nd 4 out, chasing leaders and every chance next, weakened rapidly before last, last of 9, 17l behind Dragon's Den (10-9) at Ludlow 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gd in Apr.
Ctappers 33-1 (11-0) Held up in rear, headway when not fluent 5th, weakened approaching 2 out, tailed off, 7th of 8, 48l behind Heronry (11-7) at Sandown 2m 4f nov hcp hdl 0-120 (4) hvy in Feb.
Di Kaprio (FR) 20-1 (11-9) Mid-division, not fluent 1st, headway on outside 6th, weakened next, tailed off, 12th of 15, well behind Lovey Dovey (10-9) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd in Sep.
Finding Your Feet (IRE) 6-4fav (11-5) Tracked leaders, went 2nd 4 out, led 3 out, ridden and headed before last, regained lead run-in, kept on well towards finish, won at Carlisle 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gs in Oct beating Rocking Blues (11-12) by 4l, 9 ran.
Johnnys Legacy (IRE) 66-1 (10-12) Mid-division, weakened before 3 out, 6th of 7, 44l behind Belle De Fontenay (10-0) at Huntingdon 2m clm hdl (5) gs.
Take The Mick 18-1 (11-0) Held up in rear, pushed along 7th, headway approaching 3 out, never on terms, 4th of 13, 17l behind Market Option (10-13) at Ludlow 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs in Mar.
The Road Ahead 6-4fav (10-10) Took keen hold tracking leading pair on inside, not fluent 7th, pushed along to challenge when veered badly left 3 out, not recover, 4th of 7, 12l behind Magic Money (10-10) at Ludlow 2m 5f mrs nov hdl (4) gd in Oct.
Tokyo Javilex (FR) 7-1 (11-8) Prominent, hit 3rd, not fluent 5th, lost place 2 out, soon weakened, 9th of 12, 34l behind King's Chorister (10-9) at Perth 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs in Apr.
I Know The Code (IRE) 16-1 (10-5) Tracked leaders, ridden approaching 3 out, outpaced and no impression after, 5th of 11, 18l behind Shalone (11-12) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs in Apr.