ALBERTO'S DREAM was carrying a 7lb penalty for his easy Lingfield victory when sauntering home at Leicester on Friday. He's due to go up another 16lb so coming here with a 14lb penalty and his rider's claim to help his cause should result in a very quick hat-trick. Isle Road won between the flags in Ireland before a fair run in a Downpatrick hunter chase ,though that was last May. King Cool has shown little sign of ability in four starts over fences while Upbeat Cobbler, who completed a hat-trick in 2016, has been badly out of form.
King Cool 12-1 (12-1) Mistake 1st, always in rea, 5th of 6, 24 3/4l behind Sir Hubert (10-7) at Plumpton 2m 1f hcp (4) hvy in Feb.
Upbeat Cobbler (FR) 33-1 (10-6) With leader, lost place after 12th, weakened 4 out, soon pulled up, at Market Rasen 3m 4f hcp (3) sft in Dec.
Alberto's Dream 8-13fav (11-0) Held up, closed 10th, challenged going well from 4 out, led 2 out, clear last, very easily, won at Leicester 2m 7f hcp (5) hvy in Mar beating Onurbike (10-0) by 16l, 4 ran.
Isle Road (IRE) 33-1 (11-7) Chased leaders on outer, left in lead before 1st, headed after 1st and settled behind leader, 2nd after 6 out, pushed along and dropped to 3rd after 3 out, left 2nd next, no impression and kept on same pace run-in, dropped to 3rd close home, 3rd of 11, 5 1/2l behind Miss Blanche (11-0) at Downpatrick 2m 6f gd in May.