MANGER HANAGMENT gets the vote in a tricky opener on account of the fact that he's won his last three starts very easily, though two of those were over fences. He may also enjoy a fitness advantage over the four-year-old What A Warrior, who hasn't raced since making a winning start over timber over 2m5f here in April. Bertie Milan and Bob's Ticket have a little to find on what they've shown so far but Rangefinder ran reasonably well in a handicap at Sedgefield earlier this month and Court In Session won four times between the flags and came up against a decent prospect on his debut under Rules in a bumper at Uttoxeter.
Manger Hanagment (IRE) 4-5fav (10-12) Made all, clear after 3 out, unchallenged, won at Newton Abbot 2m 6f nh nov hdl (4) gf beating Betavix (11-5) by 11l, 13 ran.
What A Warrior (IRE) 5-2fav (10-8) Prominent, mistake 3rd, led and not fluent 2 out, hung left after, stayed on well, won at Perth 2m 4f mdn hdl (4) gd in Apr beating Fiddlers Reel (11-0) by 4l, 13 ran.
Bertie Milan (IRE) 33-1 (11-8) Led until approaching 8th, every chance 2 out, stayed on same pace flat, 4th of 12, 7l behind Lewlaur Supreme (10-12) at Perth 3m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) sft in May.
Bob's Ticket (IRE) 6-1 (10-2) Led, head 4 out, blundered and weakened next, eased when beaten, last of 4, 40l behind Below The Deck (10-5) at Cartmel 2m 6f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Aug.
Court In Session (IRE) 11-4 (10-11) Soon tracking leader, led over 8f out, headed 2f out, stayed on same pace final furlong, 2nd of 7, 4 1/2l behind Thespis Of Icaria (11-7) at Uttoxeter 2m NH flat (6) gf.
Rangefinder 40-1 (11-0) Mid-division, outpaced approaching 6th, went 4th last, kept on same pace, 4th of 13, 13l behind Jeu De Roseau (11-9) at Sedgefield 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd.