ULZANA'S RAID is definitely one to follow judged on his victory over 2m5f at Warwick. Always going well that day, he'd earlier finished third to Champagne West on the same course in a race that's produced a host of subsequent winners including Albert Bartlett runner-up Deputy Dan - the additional yardage shouldn't be a problem. Portway Flyer has made giant strides this season but is upped another 4lb after finishing second at Kempton on his latest start. Progressive Wincanton scorer Vicente has been raised 8lb but can't be discounted and makes more appeal than Waldorf Salad, who couldn't cope with his new mark at Sandown. Kilbree Chief's future probably lies over fences while Straidnahanna and Quickasyoucan will find easier opportunities to break their duck.
Vicente (FR) 11-2 (11-6) Tracked leaders on inside, went 2nd before 3 out, pushed along to lead before 2 out where left clear, went left last, eased run-in, won at Wincanton 2m 4f cnd hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gs in Mar beating Gold Ingot (10-12) by 10l, 8 ran.
Portway Flyer (IRE) 12-1 (11-3) In touch, chased leaders after 3 out, stayed on well towards finish, never able to challenge, 3rd of 20, 1 3/4l behind Carole's Destrier (11-6) at Kempton 2m 5f hcp hdl (2) gs in Mar.
Ulzana's Raid (IRE) 13-8fav (11-1) Chased leaders, slightly hampered on inside after 3 out, challenged and hiit 2 out, shaken up to lead approaching last, stayed on flat, won at Warwick 2m 5f mdn hdl (4) gd in Mar beating Java Rose (10-8) by 2 1/4l, 17 ran.
Kilbree Chief (IRE) 11-10fav (11-0) Tracked leaders, ridden and outpaced after 3 out, stayed on approaching last, went 3rd towards finish, no chance with winner, 3rd of 6, 8l behind Tonvadosa (10-12) at Hexham 3m nov hdl (4) sft in Mar.
Waldorf Salad 7-2 (11-9) Pressed leader at strong pace, pushed along after 3 out, ridden before next where every chance, lost 2nd and weakened quickly between last 2, left modest 4th at the last, 4th of 9, 10l behind Berkeley Barron (11-12) at Sandown 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) sft in Mar.
Straidnahanna (IRE) Evensfav (11-1) Led, headed before 3rd, tracked leader, raced before 4th, blundered and left in lead 3 out, clear before last, kept on and headed towards finish, 2nd of 7, 1 1/4l behind Garrahalish (11-8) at Haydock 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Mar.
Hartforth 6-1 (10-2) Held up in touch, not fluent 1st, closed 7th, soon ridden and outpaced, well held 3 out, plugged on into modest 4th latter stages, 4th of 6, 21l behind Dawn Commander (11-7) at Doncaster 3m hcp hdl 0-145 (2) gd in Mar.
Quickasyoucan (IRE) 16-1 (11-12) Mid-division, headway into 3rd 4 out, 2nd next, led before 2 out, soon ridden and strongly pressed, headed before last, no extra run-in, 4th of 12, 8l behind Ttebbob (11-10) at Naas 3m mdn hdl in Mar.