LAST SOVEREIGN missed the break at Chester last time and never posed a threat. He'd gone close in both starts before that including a short-head defeat at Doncaster and Ollie Pears' charge looks to have an easier task in this. Bedloe's Island can also be forgiven last week's eighth in better company at York but he's 10lb higher than when winning last year's renewal. Another Wise Kid is only 3lb higher than when scoring at Ayr last season but that win came in heavy ground while it was also testing going when Jack Luey won at the same track in September. Rylee Mooch found only one too good at Newmarket last week and is preferred to the returning Willbeme.
Last Sovereign 9-2 (8-10) Started slowly, took keen hold and held up in last pair, headway towards inside approaching final furlong, ran on inside final furlong, no chance, 8th of 13, 6l behind Forest Edge (8-6) at Chester 5f hcp 0-105 (2) gf.
Bedloe's Island (IRE) 7-1 (8-4) Close up, outpaced after 2f, kept on inside final furlong, 8th of 15, 3 1/2l behind Ancient Cross (8-10) at York 5f hcp 0-105 (2) gd.
Another Wise Kid (IRE) 12-1 (9-2) Held up towards rear, headway far side to chase leaders and chance over 1f out, 3rd and one pace inside final furlong, 3rd of 16, 2 3/4l behind Enrol (8-13) at Doncaster 6f hcp 0-90 (3) gf.
Jack Luey 15-2 (9-6) Mid-division, ridden to chase leaders over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, no impression, 4th of 12, 1 3/4l behind Towbee (9-1) at Thirsk 5f hcp 0-85 (4) sft.
Medici Time 25-1 (9-5) Dwelt, always in rear, last of 15, 9l behind Love Island (8-12) at Doncaster 5f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Apr.
Verinco 14-1 (9-4) Chased leaders over 2f, last of 10, 15l behind Royal Bajan (9-5) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Jan.
Partner (IRE) 16-1 (9-3) Always towards rear stand side, 11th of 14, 17l behind Gandalak (9-3) at Newcastle 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Apr.
Rylee Mooch 33-1 (8-12) Led, headed over 3f out, ridden to lead again inside final furlong, soon headed stayed on, 2nd of 11, 3/4l behind Sir Maximilian (9-7) at Newmarket 5f hcp 0-85 (4) gd.
Willbeme 9-4fav (8-11) Chased leaders, ridden over 1f out, no extra towards finish, 6th of 16, 1 3/4l behind Escape To Glory (9-7) at Haydock 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Sep.
Cocktail Charlie 11-4fav (9-2) Went right start, tracked leader, effort over 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 5th of 11, 2l behind Phoenix Clubs (9-4) at Musselburgh 5f hcp 0-75 (5) sft in Oct.