Despite the size of the field this should not take a great deal of winning and it is hard to oppose Manners, who gets the vote ahead of Sonnengold and Kayceecee. The last mentioned won a Warwick handicap off mark of 99 in January but has failed to trouble the judge in two starts since then and needs to improve to trouble the selection. Arc Of Stone is unexposed but is hard to back with confidence on the evidence of two previous runs, while Templer looks to be one of the lesser lights in the yard of Phillip Hobbs. Jobsworth could be of interest on his hurdling debut judged by some fair efforts in bumpers although a bigger threat is likely to come from Sonnengold, who won well at Lingfield two starts ago before disappointing last time; however, Lucy Wadham's mare may want a softer surface to show her best form. The vote though has to go to Manners. Jonjo O'Neill's gelding has run to a much higher standard than any of his rivals and a reproduction of recent form should more than suffice.
Kayceecee (IRE) 11-8fav (11-5) Held up in mid-division, ridden and headway 3 out, weakened 2 out, 5th of 8, 17l behind Kawagino (11-0) at Wincanton 2m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) sft in Mar.
Manners (IRE) 8-11fav (11-0) Held up, headway approaching 3 out, led soon after 2 out, ran on well, won at Sandown 2m nh nov hdl (3) sft in Feb beating Idris (11-4) by 4l, 10 ran.
Arc Of Stone (IRE) 100-1 (11-0) Always towards rear, 9th of 16, well behind Chiaro (11-7) at Chepstow 2m nov hdl (4) gs in Mar.
Jobsworth (IRE) 20-1 (10-10) Held up, ridden 7f out, soon weakened, 7th of 9, 38l behind She's Humble (10-4) at Worcester 2m nhf (6) gd in Mar.
Onslow Road (IRE) 40-1 (11-0) Mid-division, hit 4 out, soon behind and hit next, 11th of 18, well behind Midas Way (11-0) at Newbury 2m nov hdl (4) gs in Mar.
Sky Mack (IRE) 50-1 (11-0) Mid-division, hit 2nd and next, weakened and behind 4 out, 15th of 18, well behind Midas Way (11-0) at Newbury 2m nov hdl (4) gs in Mar.
Sonnengold (GER) 7-2 (11-1) Prominent to 9th, soon tailed off, 9th of 10, well behind Brankley Boy (11-8) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f nov hdl (4) hvy in Mar.
Templer (IRE) 25-1 (11-4) Mid-division until weakened approaching 3 out, 10th of 11, well behind Mahogany Blaze (10-9) at Exeter 2m 1f nh mdn hdl (4) sft in Feb.