Plenty with claims in this but SWEET LIBERTA was the most impressive recent winner and gets the nod. She won by over four lengths at Lingfield last week and a penalty is negated by an apprentice's 7lb allowance. Langham Lily won over today's trip at Wolverhampton in November and Refreshestheparts has the more recent form with a victory at at the same track albeit over a shorter distance. Nolecce scored in lesser company over C&D a week ago but Shalambar makes more appeal off his current mark and McBirney is another to consider.
Mcbirney (USA) 5-1 (10-9) Dwelt, held up in rear, headway on wide outside over 12f out, led 10f out, headed over 8f out, soon lost place, weakened over 2f out, 11th of 12, 32l behind Stormy Morning (10-7) at Wolverhampton 2m am hcp 0-65 (6) pol.
Shalambar (IRE) 8-1 (9-5) Held up towards rear, pushed along in 5th over 2f out, went 4th close home, no chance with leading trio, 4th of 8, 3 1/2l behind Stentorian (9-7) at Lingfield 1m 5f hcp 0-65 (6) pol.
Al Amaan 20-1 (9-3) Held up behind, driven over 2f out, stayed on into mid-division inside final furlong, never nearer, 6th of 13, 6l behind Whitby Jet (9-7) at Kempton 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Dec.
Simayill 14-1 (9-5) Tracked leaders, driven 2f out, ridden over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 8th of 13, 7l behind Whitby Jet (9-7) at Kempton 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Dec.
Trip Switch 40-1 (9-6) Held up in rear, never a factor, last of 8, 40l behind Renegotiate (9-1) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hacp 0-70 (5) pol.
Wordiness 4-1 (9-8) Raced wide in touch, headway to track leaders 6f out, ridden over 2f out, every chance over 1f out, not quicken inside final furlong, 4th of 11, 3/4l behind El Bravo (8-11) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Dec.
Honoured (IRE) 6-1 (9-4) Held up in touch, pushed along over 3f out, ridden and went 4th 2f out, edged left from over 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 4th of 8, 4l behind Renegotiate (9-1) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hacp 0-70 (5) pol.
The Blue Dog (IRE) 20-1 (9-9) Led 2f, tracked leader until 7f out, tracked leaders, ridden 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 11th of 12, 24l behind Fleur De La Vie (8-13) at Kempton 1m 4f flls hcp (0-70) (3yo+) (5) pol in Aug.
Refreshestheparts (USA) 11-2 (9-2) In touch, headway 2f out, led inside final furlong, ridden clear, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f app hcp 0-65 (6) pol beating Aragorn Rouge (9-4) by 1 3/4l, 8 ran.
Sweet Liberta (IRE) Evensfav (9-8) In touch, headway over 2f out, led over 1f out, driven clear, ran on strongly, won at Lingfield 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) pol beating Neil's Pride (9-0) by 4 1/2l, 8 ran.
Langham Lily (USA) 6-4fav (9-6) Held up in touch in mid-division, headway 3f out, went 2nd inside final furlong, ran on to lead post, won at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (6) pol in Nov beating Dewala (9-0) by shd, 10 ran.
Port Charlotte 10-3fav (9-7) Chased leaders, lost place over 5f out, soon no impression, 7th of 10, 4l behind Tram Express (8-12) at Wolverhampton 1m 6f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Dec.
Soweto Star (IRE) 7-1 (9-7) Held up in rear, headway over 2f out, soon ridden and no impression, 6th of 10, 7l behind Jacobs Son (9-5) at Lingfield 1m 5f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Dec.
Nolecce 5-1 (9-7) Took keen hold chasing leaders, led over 2f out, ridden clear over 1f out, well in command when hung right inside final furlong, won at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-50 (7) pol beating Peace In Our Time (8-8) by 1 1/4l, 13 ran.