Woodacre continued his good progress with a win at Ripon last week where he beat Eeny Mac a couple of lengths. He bids for a hat-trick under a penalty but can still figure if as effective in soft ground. Sir Charlie Kunz also has something to prove off a higher mark on his first start since winning at Wolverhampton back in January. Buthelezi hasn't won on the Flat since 2011 but drops down a couple of grades for this and could figure. SOPHISTICATED HEIR is best with plenty of cut in the ground, as when scoring at Leopardstown and Leicester earlier in the year and David O'Meara's charge gets the nod.
Buthelezi (USA) 33-1 (9-5) Steadied start, in rear, outpaced 2f out, 6th of 7, 7l behind Whispering Warrior (9-10) at Doncaster 1m 2f hcp 0-100 (2) gf.
Topamichi 50-1 (9-1) Slowly away, in rear, effort on inner over 1f out, never dangerous, 10th of 17, 10l behind Ansaab (9-7) at Pontefract 1m hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Apr.
Sophisticated Heir (IRE) 6-1 (9-12) Held up towards rear, headway over 1f out, ridden inside final furlong, soon chased winner, kept on, 2nd of 10, 3l behind Border Bandit (9-9) at Beverley 1m hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Jul.
Park Place 4-1 (9-13) Mid-division, headway over 3f out, chased winner over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 3rd of 9, 4 1/2l behind Famous Kid (9-0) at Thirsk 1m mdn stks (5) sft in May.
Woodacre 5-4fav (8-3) Steadied start, took keen hold and held up in touch, headway on wide outside over 2f out, led well over 1f out, pressed inside final furlong, stayed on gamely to assert last 100 yards, won at Ripon 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gd beating Miguel Grau (9-2) by 1l, 6 ran.
Eeny Mac (IRE) 16-1 (9-0) Raced keenly, made most until well over 1f out, chased winner until over 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 3rd of 6, 2l behind Woodacre (8-3) at Ripon 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gd.
Correggio 9-1 (9-7) Mid-division, driven to chase leaders, over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on same pace, never on terms, 5th of 13, 7l behind Dance King (9-7) at Pontefract 1m 2f hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Jul.
Sir Charlie Kunz 1-2fav (9-6) Tracked leaders, led over 1f out, soon edged left, driven out, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Jan beating Aramadyh (9-0) by 1/2l, 6 ran.