WING PLAY may be able to overcome a career high mark and overcome the challenges of Splinter Cell and Bound By Honour. Hughie Morrison's charge isn't the easiest ride but Shane Kelly excels on this type of horse and may be able to nurse him home. He needs to be played late in the day so will need luck in running but this track should play to his strengths and the form of his latest win looks solid. Splinter Cell is unexposed on this surface and the trainer's strike rate at this track over recent seasons is almost one in three whilst the booking of Fallon suggests that they mean business. Bound By Honour finished just behind the horse that had been beaten by the selection at Wolverhampton and the pair look closely matched on a line through Black Eagle. That was his best performance in a short career thus far for the yard and he merits respect. There is a good prize on offer and this is a competitive field as one would hope but Wing Play may have enough up his sleeve to score again.
Perfect Star 25-1 (9-0) Held up in touch, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 9th of 19, 11l behind Queen Of Pentacles (8-10) at Doncaster 1m 2f fll lst stks (1) sft.
Sgt Schultz (IRE) 33-1 (9-11) Held up mid-division, weakened 2f out, 14th of 19, 12l behind Mull of Dubai (10-5) at York 1m 4f ladys hcp 0-95 (3) gd in Jun.
Bound By Honour (SAF) 5-1 (9-0) Tracked leader, led over 2f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, driven and stayed on inside final furlong, 2nd of 7, 3/4l behind Black Eagle (8-9) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp 0-100 (2) pol.
Laterly (IRE) 6-1 (8-11) Soon led, headed 1f out, kept on, 3rd of 9, 1/2l behind Merchant Of Dubai (9-4) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-100 (2) pol.
The Cayterers 100-1 (8-1) Held up mid-division, driven and headway over 3f out, never on terms, 8th of 32, 6l behind Supaseus (9-1) at Newmarket 1m 1f hcp (2) gf in Oct.
Baylini 10-1 (9-9) Chased leaders, pushed along over 2f out, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 8th of 11, 6l behind Cosmea (9-7) at Sandown 1m 2f hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Jun.
Stand Guard 12-1 (8-2) Close up, ridden to chase leader over 1f out, led inside final furlong, ran on, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-100 (2) pol beating The Fifth Member (8-9) by 1l, 12 ran.
Wing Play (IRE) 12-1 (9-2) Held up towards rear, headway over 1f out, stayed on to lead towards finish, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-90 (3) pol in Oct beating Black Eagle (9-2) by hd, 13 ran.
Faithful Ruler (USA) 5-1 (9-7) Led, ridden approaching final furlong, soon headed, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 6, 6l behind Collateral Damage (9-7) at Ayr 1m hcp 0-90 (3) sft in Oct.
Splinter Cell (USA) 16-1 (9-6) Held up mid-division, headway over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, one paced, 4th of 15, 1 3/4l behind Luc Jordan (9-0) at Doncaster 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Oct.
Mohathab (IRE) 16-1 (9-2) Mid-division, ridden and lost place over 3f out, last of 6, 32l behind Potentiale (8-13) at Epsom Downs 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Sep.