Club House is upped a further 8lb after scoring here last time and drops back down in trip. Hillbilly Boy and Seek The Fair Land are recent winners in plating races while The Happy Hammer may have done his winning for the year with last month's victory over track and trip. Fanoos has leading claims with a good effort at Kempton likely to have blown any cobwebs away, but AFKAR should go close in this grade with a repeat of his close-up third to Shaolin in January so Clive Brittain's charge gets the nod.
Fanoos 10-1 (9-6) Held up in touch on inside, headway to lead briefly over 1f out, soon ridden chasing winner, stayed on, 2nd of 12, nk behind Fab Lolly (9-0) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Feb.
Gracious George (IRE) 6-1 (9-1) Held up towards rear, headway on outside over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, never nearer, 4th of 11, 3 1/2l behind Just One Kiss (9-7) at Kempton 1m app hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Jan.
Hillbilly Boy (IRE) 13-2 (8-12) Took keen hold, led, ridden 2f out, edged right from over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, stayed on, 2nd of 8, 3/4l behind Caramack (8-11) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Feb.
Seek The Fair Land 7-1 (9-5) Took keen hold tracking leaders, went 2nd 1f out, ridden and stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 2nd of 10, 1l behind Strong Man (9-0) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Feb.
Club House (IRE) 9-4fav (8-10) In touch, headway and switched right over 1f out, led inside final furlong, ran on, readily, won at Lingfield 1m hacp 0-70 (5) pol in Feb beating Ifan (9-4) by 2 1/4l, 11 ran.
Sulis Minerva (IRE) 20-1 (8-11) Held up mid-division, headway over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 11, 4 1/2l behind Trojan Rocket (9-4) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Feb.
Afkar (IRE) 66-1 (8-0) Chased leaders, ridden and not quicken 2f out, driven over 1f out, weakened final 100 yards, 7th of 13, 4l behind Alfred Hutchinson (9-1) at Lingfield 7f hcap (2) pol in Jan.
The Happy Hammer (IRE) 10-1 (8-12) Tracked leader, led over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on gamely, won at Lingfield 7f hacp 0-70 (5) pol in Feb beating Shifting Star (8-13) by nk, 9 ran.