Both Sivota and Chartreux look attractively weighted and the latter very much caught the eye when third to stablemate Ashkazar on his reappearance over C&D in January. Kayf Aramis won this in 2008 and will appreciate the drop back into handicap company but last year's winner Buena Vista is 5lb higher in the weights this time around. Carlisle winner Knockara Beau was second to the classy Grand Crus here on his penultimate start but is weighted accordingly and Lush Life has disappointed at Sandown since beating Barwell Bridge, Viking Blond and Duke Of Lucca over C&D in December. Alfie Spinner is a consistent sort and can reverse Warwick running with the enigmatic Mobaasher. Nick Williams's six-year-old also appears to have the beating of Micheal Flips but we're also expecting a big run from QUEIROS BLEU. Henry De Bromhead's French import made giant strides last year and ran a nice trial for this over an inadequate trip at Naas last month. That should have put him spot-on and, with the ground drying out all the time, he looks nicely treated off a mark of 134.
Knockara Beau (IRE) 10-3fav (11-12) Made all, jumped left 5th, ridden when pressed run-in, found extra towards finish, held on well, won at Carlisle 3m 1f hcp hdl (2) hvy in Feb beating Heathcliff (10-5) by 1 1/4l, 9 ran.
Working Title (IRE) 15-2 (10-12) Held up, not always fluent, ridden after 12th, weakened next, 6th of 9, 24l behind Hey Big Spender (11-12) at Warwick 2m 4f hcp chs (2) gs in Feb.
Duke Of Lucca (IRE) 11-1 (11-4) Tracked leading pair until after 3 out, outpaced when mistake next, stayed on flat, no impression, 5th of 7, 20l behind Oscar Whisky (11-4) at Cheltenham 2m 4f hdl (2) gs in Jan.
Mobaasher (USA) 8-1 (11-2) Held up mid-division on inner, reminder before 8th and again after 9th, tailed off when pulled up before 14th, in a race won by Silver By Nature (11-12) at Haydock 3m 4f hcp chs G3 (1) hvy in Feb, 14 ran.
Micheal Flips (IRE) 14-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders, lost place approaching 4th, headway 7th, 3rd when mistake 2 out, weakening when blundered and rider lost iron briefly last, 4th of 14, 17l behind Mobaasher (11-7) at Warwick 3m 1f hcp hdl (2) hvy in Jan.
Pause And Clause (IRE) 28-1 (11-11) Mid-division, pushed along and lost place approaching 6th, behind next, 14th of 20, well behind Kilcrea Kim (10-12) at Sandown 2m 6f hcp hdl Grade 3 (1) gd in Feb.
Kayf Aramis 14-1 (11-4) Chased leader, pushed along before 8th, joined leader 4 out, soon ridden, chased leading pair from next, kept on from last, 3rd of 6, 8l behind Cross Kennon (11-8) at Haydock 3m hdl G2 (1) hvy in Feb.
Lush Life (IRE) 8-1 (11-3) Detached from remainder when starter let tape go, held up well in rear, mistake 4th, never in contention, 11th of 20, well behind Kilcrea Kim (10-12) at Sandown 2m 6f hcp hdl Grade 3 (1) gd in Feb.
Barafundle (IRE) 2-1fav (11-2) Raced wide, hit 1st, chased leaders, went 2nd 5th, led 7th, hit 4 out, joined 3 out, strongly pressed 2 out, hard ridden and stayed on gamely from last, won at Newbury 3m hcp hdl 0-140 (2) gs in Nov beating Miss Overdrive (10-6) by 7l, 12 ran.
Gwanako (FR) 25-1 (11-0) Chased leaders, weakened soon after 3 out, tailed off, 10th of 14, well behind Grands Crus (11-4) at Cheltenham 3m hdl G2 (1) gs in Jan.
Essex (IRE) 33-1 (11-9) Mid-division, 8th halfway, weakened from 4 out, 15th of 21, 45l behind Square Sphere (10-4) at Punchestown 3m hcp hdl sft in Jan.
Mr Moonshine (IRE) 13-2 (11-4) Led and set good pace, hit 3rd, clear before and hit 7th, headed 4 out, soon weakened, tailed off, last of 6, well behind Cross Kennon (11-8) at Haydock 3m hdl G2 (1) hvy in Feb.
Tarablaze (IRE) 7-4 (11-7) Raced keenly, held up 4th and last, hit 2nd, blundered next, went 3rd at 4th, left 2nd at 11th, mistake 13th, 3 lengths down when blundered 4 out, clear 2nd when no chance with winner and eased from next, 2nd of 4, 50l behind Aiteen Thirtythree (11-7) at Newbury 3m nov chs (4) gs in Feb.
Buena Vista (IRE) 50-1 (10-7) Led or disputed lead until lost place 6th, behind from 4 out, soon tailed off, 15th of 19, well behind James De Vassy (11-2) at Kempton 2m 5f hcp hdl (2) gs in Jan.
Barwell Bridge 10-1 (10-11) Always behind, 12th of 19, 50l behind James De Vassy (11-2) at Kempton 2m 5f hcp hdl (2) gs in Jan.
Alfie Spinner (IRE) 7-1 (10-10) Tracked leader who went well clear after 3rd, lost 2nd 3 out, remained in chasing group, took 2nd again after 2 out, closed flat, held towards finish, 2nd of 20, 1 1/4l behind Kilcrea Kim (10-12) at Sandown 2m 6f hcp hdl Grade 3 (1) gd in Feb.
Viking Blond (FR) 9-1 (10-12) Led until 2nd, tracked leaders, short of room against rail when badly hampered and lost place after 3 out, behind after, 13th of 17, well behind Ashkazar (11-12) at Cheltenham 3m hcp hdl (2) gs in Jan.
Rivage D'Or (FR) 4-1fav (11-2) Held up in rear of mid-division, steady headway after halfway, went 2nd travelling best before 2 out, smooth progress to lead approaching last where not fluent, pushed out run-in and kept on, won at Naas 3m hcp hdl 8Evens30 in Feb beating Raz De Maree (11-2) by 3/4l, 16 ran.
Sivota (IRE) 8-1 (10-9) Held up towards rear, headway approaching 2 out, went 5th before last, kept on without reaching principles, 4th of 19, 5l behind Across The Bay (9-13) at Leopardstown 3m hcp hdl sft in Jan.
Son Amix (FR) 8-1 (10-0) Settled behind leaders, 7th halfway, 5th 2 out, went 2nd before last, no impression on winner run-in, kept on under pressure, 2nd of 19, 1 3/4l behind Across The Bay (9-13) at Leopardstown 3m hcp hdl sft in Jan.
Don't Push It (IRE) 40-1 (11-9) Held up in rear, headway under pressure on inside 3 out, stayed on from next, never reached leaders, 7th of 12, 19l behind Stow (10-8) at Newbury 3m hcp hdl 0-135 (3) sft in Feb.
Queiros Bleu (FR) 14-1 (11-12) Held up in rear, pushed along to close early straight, briefly not clear run and switched left approaching last, kept on under pressure to go 3rd close home, 3rd of 8, 6l behind Arklow Ger (10-0) at Naas 2m hcp hdl 88-130 in Feb.
Heavenly Blues (GER) 14-1 (11-2) Close 2nd, led from after 4th, ridden 2 out, strongly pressed straight, headed when not fluent last, kept on same pace under pressure, no chance with winner, 2nd of 10, 6l behind Call The Police (11-6) at Punchestown 2m 4f hdl hvy in Feb.
Chartreux (FR) 7-1 (10-6) Mid-division, headway approaching 7th, went 2nd after 3 out, not fluent when challenging 2 out, soon ridden, stayed on under pressue, demoted to 3rd flat, no extra towards finish, 3rd of 17, 7l behind Ashkazar (11-12) at Cheltenham 3m hcp hdl (2) gs in Jan.