This is a very competitive affair but Forgotten Gold should be capable of a bold showing if reproducing his latest second to Mon Parrain at Cheltenham, though he is error-prone. Bear's Affair is lightly raced but this looks too short for stayers Any Currency and Fredo while Roc De Guye is upped in class. Diocles has won two of his last three but may have stamina issues. Quinz hinted at a revival at Kempton earlier this month but Richard Johnson prefers BALLYTOBER, even though his mount carries a penalty. The latter idled in front when winning at Worcester nine days ago and may be worth following now he's got his head in front. Problema Tic is back on a decent mark and, with his yard in great form, could be the danger.
Forgotten Gold (IRE) 11-2 (11-4) Tracked leaders, challenged 2 out, led flat, headed close home, 2nd of 10, shd behind Mon Parrain (11-4) at Cheltenham 3m 1f hcp chs 0-150 (2) gd in Apr.
Carlito Brigante (IRE) 9-4fav (11-8) Tracked leader until led 2nd until next, lost 2nd after 7th, went 2nd again 4 out, led approaching 2 out, clear between last 2, easily, won at Carlisle 2m 4f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gd in Apr beating Stagecoach Pearl (11-0) by 8l, 5 ran.
Bear's Affair (IRE) 5-1 (11-7) Mid-division, ridden before 4 out, soon weakened, 6th of 8, 38l behind Night In Milan (10-11) at Doncaster 3m hcp chs 0-150 (2) gd in Dec.
Pure Faith (IRE) 80-1 (10-0) Chased leaders, pushed along before 9 out, soon weakened, pulled up, in a race won by Al Co (10-0) at Ayr 4m hcp chs G3 (1) gs in Apr, 29 ran.
Lidar (FR) 12-1 (11-8) Tracked leaders, outpaced before 4 out, no extra next, 4th of 7, 24l behind Karinga Dancer (11-12) at Exeter 2m 3f hcp chs 0-140 (3) gd.
Any Currency (IRE) 10-1 (10-8) Always prominent, disputed lead 22nd, led 7 out, headed 5 out, stayed on to challenge last, every chance flat, just failed, 2nd of 16, shd behind Balthazar King (11-12) at Cheltenham 3m 7f hcp chs (2) gd in Mar.
Problema Tic (FR) 5-1 (11-10) Close up, led 14th, headed before 2 out, kept on same pace, 4th of 10, 7l behind Lamboro Lad (11-3) at Perth 3m hcp chs 0-140 (3) gd in Apr.
Diocles (IRE) 13-2 (11-8) Held up towards rear, headway 7 out, chased leaders in 5th when left 2nd 4 out, led and left clear 2 out, won at Wetherby 2m 4f hcp chs 0-125 (3) gs in Apr beating Rory's Brother (10-3) by 37l, 8 ran.
Quinz (FR) 11-4fav (11-12) Chased winner throughout, mistake 7th, blundered 11th and 14th, pushed along and no impression on winner before 3 out, kept on for clear 2nd, 2nd of 10, 8l behind American Spin (11-7) at Kempton 3m hcp chs 0-130 (3) gd.
Ballytober 9-2 (11-11) Held up, headway and in touch 9th, chased leaders before 4 out, 2nd before led 3 out, in command when hung badly right and idled run-in, driven out, won at Worcester 2m 7f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gf beating Dreams Of Milan (11-12) by 7l, 10 ran.
Roc De Guye (FR) 10-3 (11-1) Tracked leaders, challenged from 3 out, ridden to lead last, ran on, won at Market Rasen 3m 1f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in Apr beating Keltic Rhythm (11-9) by 13l, 4 ran.
Fredo (IRE) 7-1 (10-11) Tracked leaders, lost place when hit 5th, headway after 12th, hampered and lost place again 17th, closed 4 out, one pace last, 3rd of 11, 9l behind Rebeccas Choice (10-12) at Cheltenham 3m 4f hcp chs 0-130 (3) gd in Apr.