If things went to plan in the previous race, William Muir could be looking at landing a quick double with FLECKERL. The son of Danehill Dancer won his maiden here before scoring on his handicap debut at Lingfield and can go in again raised only 3lb. Appease is another lightly-raced type, though he's having his first start since September having left the Hannon yard, while Halfsin has struggled badly since winning at Kempton in December. Epic Battle looks a real threat dropping down a grade and is Frankie's only booked ride of the meeting and Berlusca makes more appeal than Sky Khan despite running as though something was amiss last time.
Halfsin (IRE) 25-1 (8-8) Led and set strong pace, reminders 4f out, clear 3f out and soon driven along, ridden and headed over 1f out, weakened rapidly, eased, last of 10, 11l behind Robin Hoods Bay (9-7) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcap (2) pol in Jan.
Epic Battle (IRE) 7-2 (8-10) Tracked winner, pushed along over 3f out, ridden over 2f out, no extra and lost 2nd place inside final furlong, 3rd of 5, 2 3/4l behind String Theory (9-7) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp (2) pol in Dec.
Berlusca (IRE) 8-1 (9-1) Prominent early, tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, weakened from over 1f out, last of 10, 13l behind Modernism (9-2) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Jan.
Sky Khan 6-5fav (10-7) Prominent, ridden 2f out, soon led, edged left inside final furling, headed towards finish, 2nd of 5, nk behind Tapis Libre (10-0) at Epsom Downs 1m 4f ldy hcp (4) gf in Jul.
Hydrant 12-1 (8-12) Led, ridden when headed 2f, driven and every chance entering final furlong, kept on one pace, 2nd of 10, 3l behind Asgardella (8-10) at Pontefract 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) hvy in Oct.
Appease 2-1fav (9-10) Held up in mid-division, pushed along over 3f out, headway on outside over 2f out, chased leaders over 1f out, chased winner well inside final furlong, strong challenge and upsides when pushed right in closing stages, just failed, 2nd of 14, ns behind Precision Five (8-11) at Bath 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Sep.
Fleckerl (IRE) 7-2fav (9-4) Pulled hard in mid-division, headway when switched left over 2f out, soon chasing leaders, led inside final furlong, kept on well, won at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Dec beating Munsarim (9-2) by nk, 10 ran.
Pelmanism 10-1 (9-1) Chased leading pair on outside, driven over 3f out, switched left and ridden 2f out, stayed on to take 2nd inside final furlong, no chance with winner, 2nd of 4, 7l behind Tellovoi (9-6) at Southwell 1m clm stks (6) fbs in Jan.