Refractor and Golden Waters have struggled off higher marks since last year's victories and both have something to prove now but Archelao and Shirataki may do better back on Polytrack after disappointing on the turf recently. Librettela showed progressive form last season with three wins to his credit though he has an 8lb rise to cope with on his reappearance so a chance is taken on LAUGHING JACK. Tony Carroll's maiden winner is 9lb lower than his original handicap mark and, after a decent third over too short a trip at Wolverhampton last month, he gets the nod. Danehill Dante and Isdaal are others to consider.
Laughing Jack 20-1 (9-0) Steadied start, headway over 1f out, soon switched left, stayed on well towards finish, 3rd of 10, 3l behind Vanilla Rum (8-13) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Mar.
Brouhaha 18-1 (8-9) Slowly into stride, soon in touch, ridden over 2f out, soon beaten, 7th of 9, 19l behind Miss Aix (9-1) at Warwick 1m 3f hcp 0-85 (4) sft.
Refractor (IRE) 11-2 (8-11) Took keen hold, held up and always in last trio, tailed off, 8th of 9, 39l behind Miss Aix (9-1) at Warwick 1m 3f hcp 0-85 (4) sft.
Golden Waters 9-1 (9-10) Held up towards rear, ridden and headway over 2f out, one pace inside final furlong, 5th of 15, 3 1/2l behind Countess Comet (9-7) at Windsor 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Oct.
Archelao (IRE) 25-1 (9-0) Chased leader until over 4f out, struggling over 3f out, eased, tailed off, 5th of 7, well behind Kleitomachos (9-0) at Windsor 1m 4f hcp 0-80 (4) sft.
Danehill Dante (IRE) 8-1 (9-3) Towards rear, headway 2f out, ridden inside final furlong, kept on towards finish, 3rd of 12, 3 1/2l behind Top Diktat (9-5) at Newbury 1m 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Oct.
Beat Route 10-1 (8-10) Held up mid-division, not much room 6f out, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 7th of 15, 13l behind Timocracy (8-5) at Windsor 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) gd.
Librettela 17-2 (8-13) Chased leader, led 2f out, strongly pressed throughout final furlong, held on gamely, won at Windsor 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Oct beating Beggers Belief (8-7) by hd, 12 ran.
Shirataki (IRE) 16-1 (8-10) Tracked leaders and keen, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 10th of 15, 15l behind Timocracy (8-5) at Windsor 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) gd.
If You Whisper (IRE) 7-2 (8-12) Held up in last pair, good headway on outside 5f out, chased leaders 3f out, went 2nd inside final 2f, weakening when hampered over 1f out, 6th of 7, 6l behind Jeer (9-0) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Feb.
Isdaal 7-2fav (9-2) In touch, ridden and wide into straight 2f out, stayed on towards finish, not pace to challenge, 5th of 10, 3 1/2l behind Russian Storm (8-2) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Mar.
Mafeteng 25-1 (8-12) In rear, wide into straight 2f out, never a factor, 7th of 9, 8l behind Spanish Plume (9-5) at Kempton 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Nov.