Plenty with claims here but it could pay to look no further than the top-weight AVON RIVER. His latest effort behind Layline is the best recent form on show and Richard Hannon's charge can take this with a capable apprentice making his task that much easier. Paul Hanagan rides Sand Tiger, but George Chaloner's 7lb claim should see stablemate Mighty Clarets reverse recent form with Kidlat, and he looks to have the better chance of the pair. Star Links bids for his hat-trick and should figure again, but the progressive First Post could prove a bigger threat on his return to action.
Avon River 40-1 (8-12) Keen close, ridden over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 8th of 13, 1 1/2l behind Layline (9-1) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Feb.
Kidlat 13-8fav (9-7) Made all, pushed along 2f out, ridden over 1f out, ran on well, won at Kempton 1m 2f hcp 0-80 (4) pol beating Aphrodisia (9-2) by 3/4l, 8 ran.
Thunderstruck 7-2 (9-5) Tracked leader, ridden and every chance over 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 4th of 8, 5l behind Loyalty (8-10) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Feb.
Ahlawy (IRE) 9-1 (8-13) Slowly away, well behind, went poor 4th over 1f out, 4th of 5, 15l behind Syrian (9-0) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f clm stks (5) pol in Feb.
First Post (IRE) 5-1 (9-1) Keen, tracked leaders early, soon settle towards rear, headway and hung left from over 2f out, every chance inside final furlong, held near finish, 3rd of 9, 1/2l behind Ingleby Spirit (9-5) at Windsor 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gs in Oct.
Star Links (USA) 11-2 (9-0) Tracked leaders, ridden to leader over 1f out, driven inside final furlong, just held on, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Feb beating Elijah Pepper (8-12) by ns, 9 ran.
Lockantanks 13-2 (9-0) In rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, stayed on near finsh, 4th of 12, 2 3/4l behind Follow The Flag (9-6) at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Feb.
Brouhaha 4-1 (9-7) Raced in 4th and off the pace, closed over 4f out, went 2nd over 2f out, no chance with winner final 2f, 2nd of 10, 4 1/2l behind Round Won (9-4) at Kempton 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Feb.
Mighty Clarets (IRE) 5-1 (8-12) Prominent, pushed along to chase winner 2f out, edging right from over 1f out, lost 2nd inside final furlong, one pace, 3rd of 8, 2 3/4l behind Kidlat (9-7) at Kempton 1m 2f hcp 0-80 (4) pol.
Sand Tiger (IRE) 14-1 (9-5) Mid-division, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 7th of 10, 17l behind Majuro (9-3) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f clm stks (5) pol in Feb.
Veroon (IRE) 9-2 (9-5) In rear, headway on outer over 2f out, kept on, no extra near finish, 3rd of 6, 1l behind Black Coffee (8-13) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.