Cravat is penalised for winning at Lingfield last week and Nubar Boy is upped 5lb for scoring over track and trip three weeks ago. The latter had HILL OF DREAMS back in third on that occasion but Dean Ivory's charge re-opposes on better terms today and gets the nod having slipped back down to a winning mark. Byroness and Blackthorn Stick are weighted to figure but both are less than reliable while recent Wolverhampton winner Dividend Dan is facing a tougher task today.
Cravat 2-1fav (9-7) Chased leader, pushed along over 3f out, ridden over 1f out, driven to lead inside final furlong, stayed on well, won at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-65 (6) pol beating Bloodsweatandtears (9-7) by 1l, 7 ran.
Nubar Boy 12-1 (8-11) Led and given easy lead, set steady pace, ridden and quickened well over 1f out, in command final furlong, ran on well, unchallenged, won at Kempton 1m hcp 0-65 (6) pol beating Hierarch (9-0) by 1 1/2l, 8 ran.
Hill Of Dreams (IRE) 8-1 (9-6) Steadied start, held up in rear off steady pace, pushed along inside final 3f, hanging right and pulled out over 2f out, stayed on to 3rd under pressure over 1f out, hung badly right and no impression final furlong, 3rd of 8, 2 3/4l behind Nubar Boy (8-11) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-65 (6) pol.
Byroness 14-1 (9-3) Took keen hold, soon led, headed over 2f out, weakened from over 1f out, 7th of 9, 11l behind Compton Bird (9-2) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-70 (5) pol.
Blackthorn Stick (IRE) 7-2 (8-12) Very slowly away, soon recovered, keen in rear, headway on outer to press leaders 4f out, ridden over 2f out, weakened final furlong, last of 5, 12l behind Kindlelight Storm (9-2) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f app hcp (0-70) (4yo+) (5) pol.
Dividend Dan (IRE) 2-1fav (9-4) Made all, ridden over 1f out, driven and all out, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-60 (6) pol beating Final Delivery (9-5) by shd, 6 ran.