This is a competitive handicap but the assessor probably has Carlton Jack in his grip. Generous Ransom won at Exeter last month while Kings Bayonet made a promising reappearance at Newbury and his yard won this last year. Henryville arrives in terrific form while it would be no surprise to see Invicta Lake go well. He beat Henryville at Plumpton in November and had Phare Isle behind when third at Market Rasen last month. V NECK has to be the one despite still being a maiden. The horse that beat him at Exeter in November has won twice since, including a Listed contest, and the five-year-old is unlikely to have reached his potential yet. Sinbad The Sailor is probably best of the rest.
Henryville 9-2fav (11-12) 2nd of 19, 1 1/2l behind Here's Herbie (10-10) at Exeter 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gs in Mar.
Carlton Jack 6-1 (11-12) Took keen hold, chased clear leader until before 6th, chased leaders, reminders after 4 out, soon outpaced, rallied to modest 4th before 2 out, went poor 3rd post, 3rd of 8, 22l behind Cawdor House Bert (10-11) at Ffos Las 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-125 (3) sft in Mar.
Fountains Flypast 8-1 (11-8) Held up in mid-division, effort 3 out, no impression and well held next, 6th of 11, 29l behind Foxcub (11-11) at Leicester 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gs in Dec.
V Neck (IRE) 13-2 (11-0) Settled well in rear, headway to 3rd approaching 3 out, challenging for well held 2nd when hit last, driven and went 2nd final 75 yards, no chance with winner, 2nd of 11, 5l behind Tagrita (10-7) at Exeter 2m 7f mdn hdl (4) sft in Dec.
Patsys Castle (IRE) 14-1 (11-7) Led until 2nd, chased leader until weakened quickly after 9th, tailed off and pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Josies Orders (11-6) at Ascot 3m nov hcp hdl 0-120 (4) sft in Dec, 14 ran.
Sinbad The Sailor 10-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders on inside, pushed along before 7th, still pressing 3 out, ridden in 4th soon after, soon weakened, no chance when mistake last, went poor 3rd run-in, 3rd of 8, 24l behind Henryville (11-10) at Fontwell 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs in Mar.
Invicta Lake (IRE) 17-2 (10-13) Tracked leaders, ridden before last, kept on, 3rd of 9, 4l behind Kaysersberg (11-12) at Market Rasen 3m hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gs in Mar.
Kings Bayonet 16-1 (11-12) Took keen hold, held up in rear, smooth headway travelling well approaching 3 out, tracked leading pair before next, went 2nd between last 2, soon no chance with winner, lost 2nd last strides, 3rd of 10, 13l behind Westaway (11-8) at Newbury 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) hvy in Mar.
Generous Ransom (IRE) 4-1 (11-12) Always handy, led 6th, not fluent 3 out, driven to assert and edged left flat, stayed on, won at Exeter 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in Mar beating Crookstown (11-3) by 2 3/4l, 9 ran.
Phare Isle (IRE) 5-1 (10-4) In rear, headway before 5 out to chase leaders, every chase before 2 out, no extra after last, 4th of 9, 6l behind Kaysersberg (11-12) at Market Rasen 3m hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gs in Mar.
Kalmbeforethestorm 16-1 (11-9) Mid-division, mistake 6th, pushed along and no impression before 2 out, plugged on to modest 5th flat, 5th of 15, 22l behind Willow's Saviour (11-9) at Ascot 2m 3f nov hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs in Nov.
Back In June 11-1 (11-12) Held up towards rear, hampered 6th, headway approaching 3 out, kept on same pace, went 4th after last, no impression, 4th of 10, 14l behind Rugged Jack (11-4) at Exeter 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in Mar.
Russie With Love 12-1 (10-12) In touch, pushed along and outpaced before 6th, tailed off and pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Top Totti (11-4) at Ludlow 3m mares hcp hdl 0-125 (3) hvy in Jan, 6 ran.
Rior (IRE) 6-1 (11-1) Took keen hold, held up tracking leading pair, no impression when lost 3rd before 2 out, soon weakened, last of 5, 23l behind Whispering Harry (10-13) at Newbury 2m nov hcp hdl 0-120 (4) hvy in Feb.
Steel Summit (IRE) 14-1 (11-1) Held up, jumped slowly 4th, struggling when not fluent next, soon behind, 7th of 13, 49l behind Horatio Hornblower (11-11) at Newbury 2m 3f cnd nov hcp hdl (0-120) (4) gd in Mar.
Marie Deja La (FR) 7-1 (10-6) Chased leaders, went 2nd from 3rd, led before 5th, headed when not fluent last, no extra and lost 2nd flat, 3rd of 6, 18l behind Pyleigh Lass (11-5) at Chepstow 2m 4f mrs hcp hdl 0-120 (4) sft in Mar.