Several of these struggle to get their head in front including Premier Sagas, Buck Mulligan and Zitenka, but Triolo D'Alene won on his UK debut at Ascot before finding the company too hot at the Cheltenham Festival though he has something to find with Bless The Wings on that run. Dinarius spread-eagled a decent field at Chepstow last month but the handicapper took exception to that effort and put him up 15lb while the front-running Fiendish Flame is 8lb higher than when beating Premier Sagas at Musselburgh in January. DAN BREEN has a touch of class and, though he failed to add to his tally last season, was only beaten a short head in a Grade 3 handicap at Newbury in March. He can come out on top here with Always Right's confidence probably suffering a little at present.
Fiendish Flame (IRE) 16-1 (11-4) Led at strong pace and clear 3rd, reduced lead halfway, headed approaching 13th, soon lost 2nd, weakened after next, tailed off, 7th of 10, well behind Nacarat (11-8) at Kempton 3m hcp chs G3 (1) gd in Feb.
Dan Breen (IRE) 10-1 (11-2) Held up in 4th and off the pace, went moderate 2nd 8th until 4 out, stayed pressing for 2nd, stayed on same pace flat, 3rd of 8, 19l behind Sanctuaire (11-2) at Sandown 2m chs G2 (1) sft in Apr.
Always Right (IRE) 25-1 (10-10) Tracked leaders on inside, blunderd and unseated rider 15th (chair), in a race won by Neptune Collonges (11-6) at Aintree 4m 4f Handicap Chase (Grade 3) (7yo+) (1) gd in Apr, 40 ran.
Bless The Wings (IRE) 7-1 (11-10) Mid-division on outside, in touch 8th, outpaced 3 out, weakened from next, 10th of 20, 25l behind Hunt Ball (12-0) at Cheltenham 2m 4f Listed Novice Handicap Chase (0-140) (5yo+) (1) gd in Mar.
The Panama Kid (IRE) 20-1 (11-8) In touch, losing touch when blundered 10th, soon behind, tailed off, 8th of 10, well behind The Knoxs (11-7) at Ayr 2m 4f hcp chs (2) gd in Apr.
Triolo D'Alene (FR) 7-1 (11-7) In touch, 6th and outpaced 2 out, weakened from last, 11th of 20, 30l behind Hunt Ball (12-0) at Cheltenham 2m 4f Listed Novice Handicap Chase (0-140) (5yo+) (1) gd in Mar.
Herecomesthetruth (IRE) 40-1 (10-12) Chased leaders, went 2nd at 10th (bechers), pecked 15th, weakened next, 16th of 26, well behind Always Waining (10-11) at Aintree 2m 5f hcp chs G3 (1) gd in Apr.
Premier Sagas (FR) 17-2 (11-3) Prominent, pecked 2nd, lost place 4th, hit 10th, stayed on same pace from 2 out, no impression, 5th of 13, 21l behind Auroras Encore (11-2) at Haydock 2m 4f hcp chs (2) gd in Apr.
Buck Mulligan 11-2 (10-11) Tracked leaders, mistake 3rd, closed 3 out, went 2nd approaching 2 out, stayed on, always behind held by winner, 2nd of 8, 3 1/2l behind Billie Magern (10-11) at Cheltenham 2m 4f hcp chs 0-150 (2) gf in Oct.
Dinarius 6-1 (11-7) Led in start, led 4th, clear 6th and travelled well after, in no danger before 4 out, eased flat, won at Chepstow 2m 3f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gs in Apr beating Upthemsteps (11-6) by 11l, 7 ran.
Lucky Landing (IRE) 12-1 (11-4) Held up in rear, not fluent 7th, weakened before 4 out, 5th of 6, 50l behind Pacha Du Polder (11-4) at Ayr 2m 4f nov chs G2 (1) gd in Apr.
Zitenka (IRE) 9-4fav (11-2) Tracked leader, not fluent 7th, ridden approaching 3 out, led after 2 out, 3 lengths clear last, driven flat, headed close home, 2nd of 6, nk behind Sotovik (9-11) at Perth 2m 4f hcp chs 0-145 (2) sft in Apr.
Douglas Julian 20-1 (10-0) In rear, struggling from 9th, soon tailed off, 17th of 26, well behind Always Waining (10-11) at Aintree 2m 5f hcp chs G3 (1) gd in Apr.
Lord Villez (FR) 16-1 (9-13) Last after not being fluent 5th, mistakes 7th and 8th, soon ridden, behind when not fluent 10th, tailed off when stumbled 3 out, almost took remote 3rd, 4th of 5, 42l behind Hector's Choice (11-1) at Cheltenham 2m 5f hcp chs G2 (1) gs in Apr.
Persian Gates (IRE) 6-1 (11-9) Tracked leaders, lost place after 4th, headway 8th, ridden after 12th, soon lost place, weakened after next, pulled up after 3 out, in a race won by Wessex King (11-3) at Ludlow 2m 4f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gd in Apr, 8 ran.
Epee Celeste (FR) 9-1 (11-11) Jumped well, in touch, headway to 2nd at 7th, led next, made rest, going clear when left further clear last, eased flat, won at Stratford 3m 4f hcp chs 0-100 (5) gd in Apr beating Only The Best (10-11) by 34l, 9 ran.