A tricky opening to proceedings as none of these find winning easy. The vote goes to ECHO OF LIGHTNING who, unlike the his rivals, does have scope for improvement after just half a dozen starts and showed improved form on his first run for Brian Ellison when runner-up in an ordinary Newcastle handicap. His best form has come on the soft but he does handle quicker conditions. Bapak Pesta is consistent if hard to win with and should be in the mix while Perfect Words is not ruled out and will be all the better for an acceptable reappearance. Mr Chocolate Drop remains capable at a lowly level.
Buzz Law (IRE) 20-1 (8-8) Held up in rear, ridden over 2f out, no headway, last of 8, 7l behind Khajaaly (8-12) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Feb.
Perfect Words (IRE) 25-1 (8-2) Mid-division, ridden over 1f out, kept on same pace, 6th of 15, 7l behind Piceno (8-12) at Catterick 7f hcp 0-75 (5) sft.
Joshua The First 16-1 (9-6) Mid-division, headway 2f out, ridden to chase winner over 1f out, kept on same pace, no impression when lost 2nd towards finish, 3rd of 13, 3l behind Dubai Celebration (9-2) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Nov.
My Manekineko 7-1 (9-6) Dwelt, towards rear, headway over 8f out to chase leaders, weakened final furlong, 11th of 12, 12l behind Handsome Stranger (9-6) at Kempton 1m 2f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Feb.
Mowhoob 33-1 (8-12) Always behind, 12th of 16, 18l behind Flexible Flyer (9-4) at Thirsk 7f hcp 0-70 (5) gs.
Bapak Pesta (IRE) 6-1 (9-2) Tracked leader, led 3f out, ridden and headed entering final furlong, no extra and lost 2nd towards finish, 3rd of 8, 2 1/2l behind Hail Promenader (9-7) at Southwell 1m hcp 0-60 (6) fbs in Mar.
Echo Of Lightning 9-2 (8-0) Awkward start, soon led, headed over 1f out, rallied inside final furlong, kept on, 2nd of 9, 1/2l behind Trixie Malone (9-4) at Newcastle 7f app hcp (6) sft.
Taxiformissbyron 8-1 (8-13) Chased leader until led approaching final 2f, ridden and headed well over 1f out, weakened entering final furlong, 10th of 13, 5l behind Icy Blue (9-3) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Jan.
Cyflymder (IRE) 14-1 (9-7) Held up, ridden over 3f out, never dangerous, 8th of 11, 12l behind Huzzah (8-11) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp (0-55) (6) pol in Feb.
Midnight Warrior 15-2 (8-7) Tracked leaders, took keen hold, ridden over 2f out, edged right over 1f out, stayed on towards finish, 3rd of 17, 5l behind The Blue Banana (9-0) at Beverley 1m app stks (6) gd in Sep.
Mr Chocolate Drop (IRE) 14-1 (9-0) Held up in mid-division on inside, headway on inner over 2f out, chased leaders 2f out and soon ridden, no extra final 100 yards, 5th of 10, 3 1/2l behind Fleetwoodsands (9-0) at Kempton 1m hcp (0-55) (6) pol in Feb.
Call of Duty (IRE) 33-1 (8-8) Always in rear, outpaced over 7f out, last of 9, 30l behind Geeaitch (9-7) at Southwell 1m 3f hcp (0-55) (6) fbs.