Both Norfolk Sky and Honourable Knight won lesser grade events on their penultimate starts but came up short in similar company to this last time. Layline has gone off the boil somewhat since scoring at Wolverhampton in November, though Icebuster ran well in much better company at Lingfield recently when stepped back up to 2m and has leading claims. FIRST WARNING is the least exposed having won a maiden race over 1m4f here on his latest start. He gave the impression this longer trip would suit and Tim Pitt's charge gets the vote with further progress expected.
Icebuster 10-1 (9-5) Dwelt in touch in rear, ridden 2f out, switched right 1f out, nearest finish, 5th of 7, 2 3/4l behind Theology (9-9) at Lingfield 2m hcp (2) pol in Dec.
Layline (IRE) 6-1 (9-8) Held up in rear, took keen hold, headway on outside over 2f out, stayed on same pace from over 1f out, 4th of 7, 7l behind Shelford (10-0) at Wolverhampton 2m hcap (4) pol.
Norfolk Sky 5-1 (9-2) Prominent, went 2nd over 4f out until over 1f out, one pace and no impression on front pair, lost 3rd towards finish, 4th of 8, 5l behind Clerk's Choice (9-4) at Lingfield 2m hcp (4) pol in Dec.
Honourable Knight (IRE) 14-1 (8-9) Mid-division, ridden and weakened over 3f out, tailed off, last of 13, well behind Eshtyaaq (8-11) at Bath 2m 1f hcp (4) gd in Sep.
First Warning 6-4 (9-5) Tracked leader, ridden to lead and edged right over 2f out, headed narrowly over 1f out, led again final 100 yards, stayed on, won at Kempton 1m 4f mdn auc stks (5) pol in Oct beating Devon Drum (9-12) by 3/4l, 6 ran.