HIDDEN LINK opened his account when stepped up in trip at Wolverhampton last week. He beat Thursday's winner Great Ormond on that occasion and looks up to defying a penalty with plenty of scope for improvement. Salute To Seville is another on the upgrade having dead-heated for first on her handicap debut, also at Wolverhampton, and Flying Tempo is yet another recent winner at the same track although Sand Grouse had finished a place ahead of him in a maiden before that. Spirit of Success and Silk Scarf are harder to fancy on what little they've shown so far.
Hidden Link 5-2fav (9-7) Tracked leader, ridden inside final 2f, led inside final furlong, kept on, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-60 (6) pol beating Great Ormond (9-0) by 1l, 8 ran.
Spirit of Success 33-1 (8-12) Slowly away in rear, outpaced halfway, 9th of 13, 8l behind Staffhoss (9-3) at Lingfield 7f 2yo mdn stks (5) pol in Dec.
Salute To Seville (IRE) 12-1 (9-7) Tracked leader, ridden to challenge over 1f out, ran on under pressure inside final furlong, just failed, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-60 (6) pol deadheating with Amelia Hull (9-5), 10 ran.
Flying Tempo 11-4fav (9-4) Slowly into stride, held up behind, switched outside and headway over 1f out, ridden and ran on well inside final furlong to lead towards finish, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp (0-55) (6) pol beating Una Bella Cosa (9-3) by 1 1/4l, 9 ran.
Sand Grouse 6-1 (8-13) Dwelt, soon in touch, switched right 2f out, headway on outside over 1f out, ran on, never able to challenge, 3rd of 13, 1 3/4l behind Keep Calm (9-2) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 2yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Nov.
Silk Scarf 25-1 (9-1) Not much room leaving stalls, always in rear, well beaten over 2f out, 6th of 7, 18l behind Taxiformissbyron (8-9) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-60 (6) pol.