This is easily Master Of The Sea's toughest task to date but he's come on in leaps and bounds since the autumn. Monetary Fund is usually thereabouts and got back to winning ways at Musselburgh last month while Rangitoto went close over 2m6f at Wincanton last time, though is another 5lb higher here. Araldur and Minella Class could make their presence felt but Captain Sunshine has disappointed this season and Water Garden lacks a recent run and may have targets later this spring. Barafundle was just caught at Doncaster last time but is another still climbing the weights and Sivola De Sivola appears to lack an extra gear while Arkose came unstuck behind Araldur at Sandown in December. Last year's winner KNOCK A HAND reverted to hurdles at Warwick last time and ran well for a long way when fifth behind Ely Brown. He may be a little sharper here and is fancied to stage a repeat.
Five Dream (FR) 33-1 (11-0) Disputed lead, driven approaching 2 out, soon no chance with easy winner, weakened to 4th last, last of 4, 27l behind Big Buck's (11-8) at Newbury 3m hdl G2 (1) sft in Dec.
Spirit River (FR) 4-1 (11-11) Jumped left and raced on outside, led until 2nd, led 3rd, headed before 9th, ridden 13th, weakened before 4 out, pulled up before next, in a race won by Mister Hyde (10-13) at Kempton 3m hcp chs 0-140 (3) hvy in Dec, 8 ran.
Barafundle (IRE) 3-1fav (11-6) Prominent, led 6th, ridden approaching 3 out, headed 110 yards out, stayed on, 2nd of 8, 1/2l behind Storm Survivor (9-10) at Doncaster 3m hcp hdl 0-145 (2) sft in Dec.
American Spin 10-1 (11-11) Led, pushed along and headed before 4f out, soon weakened, 8th of 16, 28l behind Trustan Times (11-12) at Haydock 3m hcp hdl Grade 3 (1) sft in Nov.
Knock A Hand (IRE) 16-1 (11-5) Tracked leaders, mistake 9th, soon ridden, no extra from 2 out, 5th of 18, 17l behind Ely Brown (11-0) at Warwick 3m 1f hcp hdl (2) sft in Jan.
Captain Sunshine 10-1 (10-6) Led in start, held up in rear, only 6th and plenty to do 2 out, staying on to dispute 3rd but no impression on winner when fell last, in a race won by Oscara Dara (11-0) at Kempton 2m 5f Listed hcp hdl (1) sft in Jan, 18 ran.
Water Garden (FR) 2-1fav (11-10) Held up in touch on outside, weakened approaching 3 out, tailed off next, 8th of 9, well behind Sansili (10-3) at Southwell 3m hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gd in Jun.
Sivola De Sivola (FR) 11-2 (11-0) Tracked leaders, outpaced when not fluent 2 out, ridden and one pace approaching last, no impression flat, 5th of 12, 16l behind At Fishers Cross (10-12) at Cheltenham 3m hcp hdl (2) hvy in Dec.
Araldur (FR) 14-1 (10-7) Held up towards rear, hit 5th, good headway 4 out, chasing leaders when mistake 2 out, one pace and held when left 4th and slightly hampered last, 4th of 18, 9l behind Oscara Dara (11-0) at Kempton 2m 5f Listed hcp hdl (1) sft in Jan.
Minella Class (IRE) 5-1 (11-7) Held up, hampered 1st, not fluent 6th, headway 3 out, weakened 3 out, 3rd of 6, 48l behind Same Difference (11-0) at Leicester 2m 7f nov chs (3) gs in Jan.
Master Of The Sea (IRE) 11-4fav (11-3) Held up in touch on inside, closed after 3 out, challenging when mistake 2 out, ridden and edged left before leading last, stayed on well to draw clear final 100 yards, won at Wincanton 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-125 (3) sft in Jan beating Highland Retreat (11-0) by 5l, 13 ran.
Oscar Prairie (IRE) 20-1 (11-4) Always towards rear, 13th of 16, 21l behind Dr Livingstone (11-4) at Kempton 2m n h flat (3) std in Jan.
Monetary Fund (USA) 7-2 (10-13) Tracked leaders on inside, went 2nd 3 out, led narrowly next, ridden and stayed on to go clear flat, won at Musselburgh 3m hcp hdl 0-140 (3) sft in Jan beating Powerful Ambition (9-9) by 2 1/4l, 10 ran.
Rangitoto (IRE) 6-1 (10-8) Mid-division, headway to chase winner 2 out, every chance last, held towards finish, 2nd of 9, 2l behind Close House (11-5) at Wincanton 2m 6f hcp hdl (2) hvy in Dec.
Arkose (IRE) 11-2 (11-0) Prominent, every chance when not fluent last, weakened flat, 4th of 12, 7l behind Araldur (10-11) at Sandown 2m 6f hcp hdl (2) sft in Dec.
Dolatulo (FR) 8-1 (11-0) Led, ridden over 2f out, headed over 1f out, soon weakened, 4th of 10, 4 1/2l behind Sam Winner (11-0) at Kempton 2m n h flat (4) std in Jan.
Lundy Sky 25-1 (10-12) Took keen hold, led 2nd, not fluent 3rd, headed next, left in lead after 5th, headed before next, not fluent 9th, soon ridden and weakened, pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Fair Along (11-12) at Newbury 3m hcp hdl 0-140 (3) sft in Nov, 17 ran.
Fred The Shred (IRE) 7-1 (10-8) Tracked leaders, challenged 3 out, driven next, stayed on, held by winner flat, 2nd of 14, 1 1/2l behind Amigo (11-2) at Chepstow 3m hcp hdl 0-135 (3) hvy in Jan.