Dark Ages is rarely beaten far and it was fast ground when he gained his only success over 5f at Nottingham a year ago. Ficelle won a seller on soft ground at Leicester and ran quite well in a Bath handicap last time so must be threat but it's NEW DECADE who gets the nod. His only success came over 7f on Fibresand at Southwell but he led for a long way in a handicap at Salisbury earlier this month, his first start since January, and this looks within his capabilities. Courtland King has dropped 13lb in the weights since last July after a poor run of form but Ocean Myth would have a chance if able to recapture the form that saw her finish runner-up in a handicap at Goodwood in August.
Courtland King (IRE) 33-1 (9-2) Chased leaders, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, last of 11, 13l behind Mayo Lad (9-10) at Wolverhampton 6f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Apr.
Dark Ages (IRE) 6-1 (9-1) Chased leaders, outpaced and lost place when hampered over 2f out, rallied over 1f out, ran on to 3rd inside final furlong, kept on, 3rd of 10, 2l behind Kai (8-13) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Ficelle (IRE) 6-1 (9-6) Slowly into stride and squeezed out after start, outpaced towards rear, headway on outside over 1f out, went 3rd inside final furlong, kept on, 3rd of 9, 1 3/4l behind Cats Eyes (9-5) at Bath 5f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gs.
New Decade 8-1 (8-11) Led, ridden over 2f out, joined 2f out, headed soon after, soon edged right under pressure, one pace when dropped to 3rd over 1f out, 3rd of 8, 4l behind Love Tale (9-3) at Salisbury 6f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gd.
Ocean Myth 33-1 (9-2) In rear, never a factor, 9th of 12, 9l behind Supaheart (9-2) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f fll hcp (5) pol.
Shamakat 22-1 (9-7) Towards rear, headway over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, never troubled leaders, 7th of 10, 4 1/2l behind Kai (8-13) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Tumbleowtashoes 100-1 (8-7) Tracked leaders, ridden over 3f out, weakened inside final furlong, 11th of 13, 9l behind Trending (8-9) at Chepstow 5f 3yo hcp 0-60 (6) gd.
Welsh Royale 25-1 (9-0) Held up in rear, headway on inside over 1f out, soon no impression, 8th of 11, 7l behind Tigers Tale (8-11) at Lingfield 7f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Apr.