The Skyfarmer promises to stay this longer trip and the runner-up has franked the form of his comfortable Cheltenham success. But he's been raised 17lb, which could be a problem in a competitive handicap like this. Citizenship took just two runs to get off the mark for Venetia Williams but this is a much better race than the one he won at Exeter. Fitness is unlikely to be an issue for the returning Minella Forfitness but he reappears off a high mark and Irish Saint has struggled so far this term. Knight Of Pleasure was well beaten off this mark at Lingfield in a race in which KUILSRIVER was still travelling strongly when blundering and unseating Thomas Garner. The latter looks nicely treated at present and could be a bit of value here as the ground will suit.Thomas Crapper may be in the handicapper's grip but Bourne isn't without a chance at the weights and has gone well here in the past off similar marks.
Minella Forfitness (IRE) 2-1fav (11-11) Held up in mid-division on inside, not much room when blundered and lost place 3rd, headway approaching 3 out, pushed along in 5th before next, went 3rd 2 out, stayed on to 2nd final 100 yards, not reach winner, 2nd of 18, 4 1/2l behind Stopped Out (10-13) at Sandown 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-145 (2) gd in Apr.
The Skyfarmer 4-1 (11-0) Mid-division, closed 3rd, challenged 3 out, led before last, soon pressed, stayed on well and drew clear final 100 yards, won at Cheltenham 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gd in Dec beating Lyvius (11-4) by 4l, 9 ran.
Irish Saint (FR) 20-1 (11-3) Always towards rear and never involved, 12th of 20, 32l behind Willow's Saviour (10-5) at Ascot 2m hcp hdl Grade 3 (1) sft in Dec.
Citizenship 12-1 (11-6) Held up in last trio, smooth headway after 4th, went 2nd travelling well before 3 out, led 2 out, shaken up and clear going to the last, easily, won at Exeter 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) sft in Dec beating Mixologist (10-0) by 2 3/4l, 8 ran.
Thomas Crapper 9-2 (11-0) Held up in rear, headway approaching 3 out, every chance from 2 out until before last, weakened flat, 8th of 11, 11l behind Sunnyhillboy (10-8) at Cheltenham 3m hcp hdl (2) gd in Dec.
Knight Of Pleasure 9-4fav (11-9) Held up behind in touch, went 2nd 4 out, outpaced after next, soon no chance with easy winner, just held on for 2nd near finish, 2nd of 7, 18l behind Dolatulo (11-8) at Lingfield 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-140 (3) sft in Dec.
Imperial Leader (IRE) 8-1 (10-13) Raced on outside and held up towards rear, headway to chase leaders and hit 3 out, losing place when blundered badly next, 13th of 17, 23l behind Vendor (10-12) at Newbury 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-150 (2) sft in Nov.
Get Back In Line (IRE) 8-1 (10-5) Held up in rear of main group, keeping on same pace and no impression when blundered went left and unseated rider 2 out, in a race won by Ifandbutwhynot (10-11) at Newbury 2m Lstd hcp hdl 0-155 (1) gs in Nov, 8 ran.
Kuilsriver (IRE) 8-1 (11-2) Tracked winner, lost place and driven after 4th, behind when mistake and unseated rider next, in a race won by Dolatulo (11-8) at Lingfield 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-140 (3) sft in Dec, 7 ran.
Bourne 10-3fav (11-12) Soon ridden, lost place 6th, stayed on well from 3 out, 3rd of 8, 5l behind Saphir River (11-4) at Wetherby 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) sft in Dec.