Clive Brittain rarely runs one here unless he thinks he has a chance of taking home some prize money and it's significant that his MANOMINE is back on a winning mark. The four-year-old couldn't justify favouritism over further here in November but wasn't beaten far and the drop in distance could see him back in the winner's enclosure. There are four previous course and distance winners in opposition, however, so it won't be easy. David Evans' team is going well and Honey Of A Kitten showed a bit more last time but Titan Triumph and Crowning Star have been below par lately and this may be too tough for Mafi. But Ellie In The Pink and Zaheeb have both been placed recently and aren't without a chance.
Titan Triumph 10-1 (9-5) Held up in rear, headway and in touch on outside over 3f out, ridden and effort over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, last of 7, 4l behind Storm Runner (9-1) at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Jan.
Honey Of A Kitten (USA) 33-1 (8-8) Keen tracked leader, tracked winner over 5f out, ridden over 2f out, no extra inside final furlong, 6th of 9, 4 1/2l behind Patriotic (9-5) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-80 (4) pol.
Crowning Star (IRE) 25-1 (9-5) Chased leaders, ridden over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 8th of 9, 5l behind Idol Deputy (9-2) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hacp 0-70 (5) pol.
Ellie In The Pink (IRE) 11-2 (9-1) Dwelt, took keen hold and soon in mid-division, pushed along 3f out, ridden and headway 2f out, pressing leaders and every chance over 1f out, 3rd and one pace inside final furlong, 3rd of 12, 1/2l behind Breakheart (8-3) at Kempton 1m hacp 0-70 (5) pol in Jan.
Manomine 4-1fav (9-5) Tracked leaders early, in touch 8f out, ridden 3f out, weakened final furlong, 9th of 14, 4 1/2l behind Ishikawa (9-10) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Nov.
Zaheeb 7-2 (8-13) Led, ridden over 1f out, headed towards finish, lost 2nd post, 3rd of 7, 1l behind Golden Desert (9-4) at Kempton 7f hacp 0-70 (5) pol in Jan.
Mafi (IRE) 6-1 (8-13) Tracked leaders, effort on inside approaching final furlong, soon not clear run, switched right, kept on under pressure, 6th of 10, 3l behind Mubtadi (8-11) at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Jan.