Woolfall Treasure made all at Wolverhampton last time for a narrow-margin victory. He should go well again and Vimiero could have a say in proceedings, though he's yet to win a race. Epic Storm has been in decent form over 1m4f of late along with WILDOMAR. The latter has given the impression today's longer trip will suit and John Ryan's charge gets the tentative vote in an open affair. Where's Susie, Beat Route and Squad all finished within a length of each other at Lingfield last time and are hard to separate in this.
First Avenue 18-1 (9-9) Towards rear, headway over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, went 3rd inside final furlong, one pace, 3rd of 11, 8l behind Red Orator (8-4) at Ascot 2m hcp 0-95 (3) sft in Oct.
Private Equity (FR) 14-1 (9-10) Chased leaders, hard driven over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 5th of 11, 4l behind Mica Mika (9-2) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Dec.
Woolfall Treasure 4-1 (10-0) Made all, set steady pace, ridden and joined 2f out, driven out, held on gamely, won at Wolverhampton 2m hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Dec beating Zakatal (9-11) by nk, 6 ran.
Phoenix Flight (IRE) 66-1 (9-12) Always in rear, hampered over 10f out, eased over 1f out, 11th of 12, 44l behind The Betchworth Kid (9-7) at Salisbury 1m 6f hcp (3) hvy in Oct.
Vimiero (USA) 3-1fav (10-0) Tracked leaders, ridden to challenge over 1f out, every chance inside final furlong, just failed, 2nd of 6, shd behind Six Of Clubs (9-7) at Wolverhampton 2m hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Dec.
Epic Storm (IRE) 7-2 (9-10) Held up in last pair, outpaced over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, stayed on under pressure inside final furlong, never reached leaders, 4th of 7, 4l behind Illustrious Forest (9-6) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Excelsior Academy 20-1 (8-13) Always towards rear, struggling over 4f out, tailed off, 18th of 20, 42l behind Ghimaar (9-7) at Goodwood 2m 5f hcp 0-95 (2) gd in Jul '10.
Wildomar 7-2fav (9-1) Held up towards rear until headway to track leader 7f out, led over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on until headed and no extra towards finish, 2nd of 8, 1/2l behind Noble Silk (9-2) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Squad 11-4fav (9-6) Dwelt, held up in rear, headway when not clear run entering final furlong, ran on, 6th of 8, 1 1/2l behind Honourable Knight (9-2) at Lingfield 2m hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Where's Susie 8-1 (9-6) Chased leaders, effort well over 1f out, stayed on well, never able to challenge, 2nd of 8, 3/4l behind Honourable Knight (9-2) at Lingfield 2m hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Beat Route 5-1 (9-6) Held up in rear, headway over 2f out, chased winner inside final furlong, soon not clear run, kept on same pace, 3rd of 8, 1l behind Honourable Knight (9-2) at Lingfield 2m hcp 0-75 (5) pol.