MISS BUNTER won a C&D maiden early last month and scored on her handicap debut here on Wednesday. David O'Meara's filly hasn't stopped improving yet and can defy a penalty and follow-up. Sandy Lane has improved markedly since tackling Polytrack and looks certain to make a bold bid to complete a hat-trick though he also carries a 6lb penalty as does Methaaly, who was having his 133rd start when gaining a shock victory here last week. Bitaphon began last year on a 7lb higher mark and though inconsistent can't be dismissed in this sort of class.
Sandy Lane (IRE) 13-8fav (9-6) Tracked leader, led over 1f out, ran on well, won at Wolverhampton 6f stks 0-55 (6) pol in Dec beating Valdaw (9-0) by nk, 8 ran.
Methaaly (IRE) 28-1 (8-10) Mid-division, headway over 2f out, ran inside final furlong, led towards finish, won at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Dec beating Rose Garnet (8-7) by 1/2l, 10 ran.
Bartley 14-1 (9-7) Pecked start, always towards rear, 14th of 17, 17l behind Prince James (8-11) at Redcar 6f hcp 0-60 (6) hvy in Nov.
Bitaphon (IRE) 6-1 (9-5) Soon led, ridden and headed over 1f out, kept on, 3rd of 11, 3/4l behind Invigilator (9-6) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Dec.
Miss Bunter 11-10fav (9-5) Tracked leader, led inside final furlong, driven out, won at Wolverhampton 5f hcp 0-60 (6) pol beating Ryedale Dancer (8-10) by 1l, 7 ran.
Ace Master 16-1 (8-12) Tracked leaders, ridden and kept on one pace final 2f, 4th of 9, 2l behind Strong Man (9-5) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Dec.
Whipphound 10-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders, ridden over 1f out, one pace final furlong, 5th of 10, 6l behind Methaaly (8-10) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Dec.
Scommettitrice (IRE) 11-1 (8-12) Disputed lead, ridden 2f out, headed and no extra well inside final furlong, 4th of 8, 3/4l behind M J Woodward (9-4) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp 0-62 (6) pol in Dec.
Brown Volcano (IRE) 33-1 (9-3) Tracked leaders, ridden 3f out, weakened over 2f out, 8th of 9, 12l behind Living Leader (9-3) at Wolverhampton 6f 3yo mdn stks (5) pol in Nov.