Chjimes beat Mary's Pet here last month and the latter boosted the form when scoring over C&D on her latest start. The former can reverse more recent running with Frequency on better terms and looks to have every chance, while better is expected from Co Dependent back over this trip after a modest effort over 7f last week. But the vote goes to ONCEAPONATIME. He's found life tough in in handicap company since winning at this time last year and today's drop in class gives him the opportunity to finally get his head back in front.
Onceaponatime (IRE) 7-2 (9-2) Keen in touch, ridden and headway when not clear run over 1f out, switched right, kept on, one pace final furlong, 3rd of 7, 2 1/4l behind Takajan (8-6) at Southwell 6f hcp 0-75 (5) fbs in Feb.
Chjimes (IRE) 4-1 (8-13) Started slowly, took keen hold in last pair, ridden and unable to quicken 2f out, ridden and kept on same pace inside final furlong, 5th of 6, 2l behind Lastkingofscotland (9-1) at Lingfield 6f clm stks (6) pol.
Mary's Pet 8-1 (8-5) Led after 1f, clear halfway, 3 lengths ahead and going strongly 2f out, ridden and ran on inside final furlong, unchallenged, won at Lingfield 6f fll hcp (0-75) (5) pol beating Cape Melody (9-4) by 1l, 5 ran.
Pipers Piping (IRE) 10-1 (9-6) In touch, effort on inside over 2f out, never able to challenge, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 10, 6l behind Tewin Wood (9-7) at Kempton 1m hacp 0-70 (5) pol.
Co Dependent (USA) 13-2 (9-7) Held up towards rear, headway over 1f out, ridden and weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 10, 2 1/4l behind Dvinsky (9-2) at Kempton 7f hacp 0-70 (5) pol.
Frequency 7-4fav (8-3) Steadied start, took keen hold in 4th, trapped behind rivals from over 1f out and throughout final furlong, ran on to 3rd close home, never able to challenge, 3rd of 6, 1 1/2l behind Lastkingofscotland (9-1) at Lingfield 6f clm stks (6) pol.
Super Frank (IRE) 10-1 (8-4) Slowly into stride, held up mid-division, ridden over 1f out, no headway, 6th of 9, 9l behind April Fool (8-12) at Kempton 7f 4yo clm stks 0-70 (5) pol in Feb.
Lord Cornwall (IRE) 22-1 (8-9) Towards rear, ridden over 2f out, not trouble leaders, 10th of 14, 11l behind Titan Diamond (8-3) at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Feb.