Parc Des Princes has his ground and looks a leading contender in this grade, though he tends to run his best races when receiving weight in better company. Sophie Leech's Nicene Creed finally took advantage of a tumbling mark to score at Chepstow last time. But that victory came on heavy ground over a shorter distance while Polarbrook fell when favourite for a handicap over an extra mile at Sedgefield last month and is proving expensive to follow. KNIGHT VALLIANT is still a force at this level and has been eased a couple of pounds since finishing sixth to Mitchell's Way over course and distance. Barbara Butterworth's 10-year-old should give a good account again but the going may be too fast for Sam Lord.
Polarbrook (IRE) 15-8fav (11-12) Keen mid-division, headway to track leaders 7th, pressing leading pair when fell 2 out, in a race won by Gwladys Street (11-7) at Sedgefield 3m 3f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gs in Mar, 9 ran.
Parc des Princes (USA) 9-1 (10-13) Held up towards rear, ridden and weakened before 3 out, 14th of 19, 37l behind Harvey's Hope (11-9) at Doncaster 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs in Jan.
Ebony River (IRE) 4-1 (10-12) With leader, went 3rd 4 out, blundered badly 3 out, weakened before next, 7th of 11, 36l behind Oil Burner (10-2) at Carlisle 2m 5f nov hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd in Mar.
Sam Lord 16-1 (11-6) In rear, weakened after 4 out, 8th of 9, well behind A Southside Boy (10-0) at Ayr 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) sft in Mar.
Knight Valliant 16-1 (10-10) In rear, some headway before 2 out, never dangerous, 6th of 14, 14l behind Mitchell's Way (11-8) at Carlisle 2m 3f cond hcp hdl 0-1115 (4) gd in Mar.
Ronnie Rhino 22-1 (10-13) Mid-division, pushed along before 6th, headway before 2 out, no impression, 7th of 14, 22l behind Mitchell's Way (11-8) at Carlisle 2m 3f cond hcp hdl 0-1115 (4) gd in Mar.
Sunarri (IRE) 66-1 (11-0) Led from 1st, headed 7th, soon weakened and pulled up, in a race won by Daasij (11-6) at Ayr 3m hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gs in Mar, 14 ran.
Weetfromthechaff 33-1 (11-7) Always towards rear, last of 15, well behind Home Run (11-11) at Musselburgh 2m hcp hdl 0-105 (4) sft in Jan.
Wayne Manor (IRE) 50-1 (10-1) Chased leaders, dropped to mid-division, 4th, chased leaders under pressure 3 out, weakened next, 6th of 11, 27l behind Cockney Sparrow (9-12) at Doncaster 2m 4yo nov stks (4) gd in Mar.
Nicene Creed 7-2 (11-6) Tracked leaders in 3rd, outpaced before 3 out, kept on before last, went 2nd soon after last, led towards finish, won at Chepstow 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) hvy in Mar beating Come On Annie (11-9) by 1l, 8 ran.
Talk of Saafend (IRE) 14-1 (11-9) Mid-division, ridden after 6th, weakened 3 out, tailed off when pulled up before next, in a race won by Mwaleshi (11-9) at Kelso 2m 2f nov hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gs in Oct, 13 ran.
Luctor Emergo (IRE) 8-1 (10-6) Mid-division, headway 4 out, soon challenging, weakened quickly before 3 out, pulled up next, in a race won by Jonny Delta (11-5) at Ayr 2m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) sft in Mar, 9 ran.
Oscar Stanley (IRE) 12-1 (10-2) Soon in rear, struggling when jumped right 4th and next, never dangerous, 13th of 14, 37l behind Broctune Papa Gio (10-9) at Doncaster 2m nov hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gd in Mar.
Thatwasthepension (IRE) 150-1 (11-3) Always well behind, 12th of 15, well behind Buthelezi (11-7) at Catterick 2m 3f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Feb.