Woolfall Sovereign remains in fine form and won at Wolverhampton three weeks ago with Moorhouse Lad well back in third. He had earlier beaten Bajan Tryst and Even Stevens when scoring over course and distance by a length from Swiss Cross. The top weight re-opposes on better terms today, however, and may well reverse the form but has yet to win over the minimum trip and FRATELLINO finished ahead of him last time. That was the latter's first outing since November and George Margarson's charge can find enough improvement to take this.
Swiss Cross 7-1 (9-10) Mid-division, effort over 1f out, soon beaten, 6th of 9, 3l behind Farmleigh House (9-7) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-100 (2) pol.
Fratellino 14-1 (9-4) Led until over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 5th of 9, 2 1/2l behind Farmleigh House (9-7) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-100 (2) pol.
Woolfall Sovereign (IRE) 5-6fav (9-7) Towards rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, led inside final furlong, kept on, won at Wolverhampton 5f hcp 0-95 (3) pol beating Dorback (8-8) by nk, 6 ran.
Bajan Tryst (USA) 16-1 (9-7) Dwelt, always towards rear, last of 12, 11l behind Chapter And Verse (8-10) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Dec.
Even Stevens 8-1 (9-7) Tracked leader, ridden halfway, weakened final furlong, last of 8, 7l behind Woolfall Sovereign (8-13) at Lingfield 5f hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Dec.
Moorhouse Lad 11-4 (9-0) Led, headed over 3f out, remained close up, led again over 1f out, edged right and headed entering final furlong, no extra, 3rd of 6, 3 1/2l behind Woolfall Sovereign (9-7) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp 0-95 (3) pol.
Six Wives 12-1 (8-8) Close up until ran wide bend entering final 2f, not a factor after, 6th of 8, 5l behind Woolfall Sovereign (8-13) at Lingfield 5f hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Dec.
Alaskan Bullet (IRE) 9-2 (9-4) Steadied in rear, never a factor, 9th of 12, 8l behind Waking Warrior (9-0) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.