Duke Of Clarence rattled up a hat-trick last season which included a victory over today's course and distance in October. He's run well in both starts this year and should be winning again soon, though is probably still a few pounds too high at present. Alan King does well with his Flat horses and Ishikawa is certainly respected having already won at Lingfield and Wolverhampton since the turn of the year. If I Were A Boy won at Lingfield earlier this month and Greylami hasn't been disgraced in a couple of runs at Kempton this year, though is on a long losing run. HANSEATIC may lack the experience of his rivals but the form of his Lingfield maiden win in November couldn't have worked out much better and he may have been let in lightly on his handicap debut so gets the vote.
Starwatch 50-1 (9-2) Led, ridden and headed well over 2f out, chased winner until over 2f out, stayed chasing leaders, ridden over 1f out, stayed on same pace final furlong, 5th of 13, 4 1/2l behind Snow Trooper (9-2) at Windsor 1m hcp 0-85 (4) sft.
Takeitfromalady (IRE) 12-1 (9-1) Held up in rear, ridden over 2f out, soon well beaten, last of 10, 23l behind Niceofyoutotellme (8-13) at Kempton 1m 3f hcp (0-90) (3) pol.
Cayuga 2-1fav (9-6) Took keen hold in mid-division, headway over 2f out, soon no impression, 5th of 7, 8l behind Harry Buckle (8-12) at Lingfield 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Jan.
Duke Of Clarence (IRE) 17-2 (9-4) Towards rear, ridden 3f out, headway over 1f out, stayed on, nearest finish, 4th of 16, 5l behind Beaumont's Party (9-7) at Doncaster 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gd.
Hanseatic 5-4fav (9-3) Dwelt, headway to track leader over 6f out, pushed along 3f out, ridden to join leader 2f out, edged left and led inside final furlong, ridden and asserted near finish, won at Lingfield 1m 3yo mdn stks (5) pol in Nov beating Rockalong (9-3) by 2l, 8 ran.
Kickingthelilly 11-1 (9-7) In touch, ridden over 2f out, kept on final furlong, not trouble leaders, 4th of 8, 8l behind Music In The Rain (9-1) at Leicester 7f hcp 0-85 (4) gs.
Greylami (IRE) 8-1 (8-8) Mid-division, headway over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 6th of 14, 5l behind Buckland (8-13) at Kempton 1m 3f hcp 0-105 (2) pol in Mar.
Ishikawa (IRE) 3-1 (9-7) Close up, headway to chase leader over 1f out, ridden and stayed on to lead towards finish, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Mar beating Exceedexpectations (9-9) by 1/2l, 10 ran.
If I Were A Boy (IRE) 6-4fav (9-0) Tracked leaders, went 2nd 2f out, ridden to lead inside final furlong, ran on, won at Lingfield 1m 2f fll hcp (0-75) (5) pol beating Push Me (9-2) by 1/2l, 6 ran.