The pleasingly progressive Quite The Man sets the standard after making a successful transition into handicap company. The form of his victory here over 2m1f has been impressively franked and he shapes as if likely to appreciate this significant step-up in trip. However, I CAN RUN CAN YOU is another improver who finally got his head in front last time after a series of progressive efforts and he just gets the nod in receipt of a stone from the topweight. The Laodicean, a close-up fourth last time, should have more to give on only his fifth hurdling start, whilst C&D winner Strobe and What's Occurrin are noteworthy.
Quite The Man (IRE) 11-4fav (11-9) Held up mid-division on inside, ridden after 3 out, chased leading pair under pressure next, went 3 lengths down in 2nd last, stayed on flat, always held, 2nd of 9, 1 3/4l behind L'Eldorado (11-7) at Market Rasen 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs in Feb.
Rushwee (IRE) 10-1 (11-8) With leader until mistake 5th and lost 2 places, soon ridden, weakened 2 out, 4th of 6, 29l behind Renard D'Irlande (11-8) at Folkestone 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Mar.
Lindy Lou 7-2 (10-9) In rear, some headway 2 out, never on terms, 5th of 9, 9l behind Sonning Star (10-7) at Fakenham 2m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gd in Mar '10.
The Laodicean 8-1 (11-10) Held up in mid-division, headway approaching 7th, challenged 2 out, no extra close home, 4th of 11, 1 1/2l behind The Boss (11-7) at Warwick 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Mar.
Strobe 8-1 (10-5) Tracked leaders, mistake 12th, about 6 lengths down when left 3rd at last, no impression, 3rd of 10, 17l behind Desperate Dex (10-12) at Kelso 2m 6f ch (0-95) (5) gd in Oct.
Classic Contours (USA) 25-1 (11-9) In rear, ridden and struggling before 3 out, tailed off, 8th of 9, well behind Shifting Gold (10-9) at Sedgefield 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) sft in Mar.
What's Occurrin 4-1fav (11-10) Led, headed approaching 6th, weakened before 3 out, tailed off when pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by San Deng (10-1) at Catterick 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gs in Jan, 17 ran.
Everaard (USA) 9-1 (11-5) With leader, pushed along before 7th, weakened before 2 out, last of 11, 27l behind Sendali (11-5) at Kelso 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs in Mar.
I Can Run Can You (IRE) 2-1fav (11-12) Made all, ridden before 2 out, in command before last, idled and driven flat, stayed on well, won at Fontwell 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd in Mar beating Hurricane Electric (11-4) by 2 1/4l, 10 ran.
Sail And Return 11-1 (11-5) In touch, chased clear pair from 4th, close up 4 out, ridden before next, went 2nd before 2 out, ridden to lead before last, kept on flat, won at Stratford 2m 3f cnd hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd in Mar beating Sir Clad (9-10) by 3 1/2l, 14 ran.
Royal And Ancient (IRE) 12-1 (11-3) Held up in touch, chased leader 4th until next, pushed along before 3 out, soon weakened, 4th of 6, 11l behind Rawaaj (11-8) at Carlisle 2m 1f nov hcp hdl 0-110 (4) sft in Mar.
Solway Ally 11-2 (10-11) Tracked leader, jumped slow 1st, soon pushed along and lost place, tailed off when pulled up after 4th, in a race won by Mister Pete (11-3) at Newcastle 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) sft in Mar, 6 ran.
Cottam Grange 50-1 (11-0) Always in rear, pulled up 3 out, in a race won by Apache Blue (11-1) at Market Rasen 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-95 (5) gd in Mar, 11 ran.