Menelik won a seller at Lingfield recently but has yet to race over further than a mile. Handsome Stranger should have done better over 1m2f here last week given he was a winner without a penalty having won at Southwell earlier. Midnight Chorister has been running well in maiden company over today's distance while MY LORD won over 1m4f at Wolverhampton in January. The latter went close again on his latest start and gets a tentative vote ahead of Grey Blue, who was placed off a higher mark at Leicester last year.
Midnight Chorister 7-2 (9-8) Keen in touch on outer, wide into straight 2f out, ridden and stayed on inside final furlong, not trouble leaders, 3rd of 8, 3/4l behind Highfields Dancer (9-8) at Lingfield 1m 4f mdn stks (5) pol in Feb.
My Lord 14-1 (9-3) Tracked winner, ridden 3f out, driven over 1f out, pressed winner and every chance inside final furlong, held close home, 2nd of 12, 1/2l behind Rowan Ridge (9-6) at Lingfield 1m 4f hacp 0-70 (5) pol.
Swampfire (IRE) 25-1 (9-7) Mid-division, ridden and weakened over 2f out, 10th of 12, 10l behind Rowan Ridge (9-6) at Lingfield 1m 4f hacp 0-70 (5) pol.
Menelik (IRE) 7-2 (8-12) Made all, ridden over 1f out, stayed on, won at Lingfield 1m sell stks (6) pol in Feb beating Saharia (9-4) by 1l, 5 ran.
Honourable Knight (IRE) 20-1 (9-9) Held up in touch, ridden over 3f out, weakened well over 2f out, 9th of 10, 29l behind Ordensritter (9-11) at Kempton 2m hacp 0-70 (5) pol.
Handsome Stranger (IRE) 9-4fav (8-12) In rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, kept on to take 2nd towards finish, 2nd of 7, 3 1/2l behind Arabian Heights (9-0) at Kempton 1m 2f hcp 0-65 (6) pol.
Marcus Antonius 8-1 (9-8) Chased leaders in 3rd, weakened over 2f out, 8th of 9, 38l behind Nile Knight (8-11) at Epsom Downs 1m 4f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Jul.
Grey Blue (IRE) 16-1 (9-4) Slowly into stride and slight stumble start, held up towards rear, pushed along and headway on inside over 3f out, ridden and every chance when edged right over 1f out, chasing winner and held when edged left entering final furlong, 2nd of 14, 2 3/4l behind Compton Bird (8-12) at Brighton 1m 2f hcp 0-65 (6) gs in Oct.
See And Be Seen 10-1 (9-3) Always in rear, 10th of 13, 19l behind Able Dash (9-1) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Feb.