Under Approval won a maiden race at Southwell but never figured at Wolverhampton last time albeit in better company than this. Artemis scored over 6f here a week ago but this is much tougher and The Dandy Yank is also stepping up a grade off a 4lb higher mark after winning at Lingfield on his latest start. NATIONAL SERVICE made a winning start over track and trip in November and though the form hasn't worked out there's more to come and he's handed the vote.
Crisis Averted (IRE) Evensfav (8-10) Not much room soon after start, prominent after 1f, led 2f out, edged left over 1f out, soon clear, eased close home, won at Wolverhampton 6f mdn auc stks (5) pol in Jan beating Winterwell (9-4) by 1l, 5 ran.
National Service (USA) 7-4fav (8-12) Slowly into stride, held up in 4th, went 3rd 3f out, closed and went 2nd over 1f out, led inside final furlong, stayed on well, won at Kempton 5f 2yo mdn auc stks (5) pol in Nov beating Coiste BoDhar (8-6) by 2 1/4l, 6 ran.
The Dandy Yank (IRE) 10-1 (9-7) Led over 1f, chased leader, ridden to lead again over 1f out, ran on, won at Lingfield 5f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Jan beating Saffire Song (8-9) by 3/4l, 10 ran.
Under Approval 33-1 (8-6) Led, ridden and headed over 1f out, one pace, 3rd of 6, 4 1/2l behind Spreadable (8-7) at Wolverhampton 5f 3yo hcp (4) pol.
Artemis (IRE) 4-1 (9-4) Held up, headway going well over 2f out, led over 1f out, clear inside final furlong, easily, won at Kempton 6f hcp (0-55) (6) pol in Jan beating Saffire Song (9-4) by 2 1/2l, 7 ran.