COMMON CENTS posted a much improved effort when landing a maiden at this track last month, his first start since June. There should be more to come from him this year and he's preferred to the more exposed Avonvalley. The latter beat five of today's opposition over track and trip last time with Restless Bay finishing the closest back in fifth and she should be thereabouts once again. Holy Angel recorded a double here earlier in the year and is another to consider back at this level after three subsequent starts in better company.
Common Cents 5-1 (9-12) Chased leader, led 2f out, ridden clear final furlong, ran on well, won at Wolverhampton 6f mdn stks (5) pol in Mar beating Sibaya (8-8) by 3 1/2l, 7 ran.
Holy Angel (IRE) 6-1 (8-12) Ridden leaving stalls, soon racing freely close up on outside, driven 2f out, stayed on inside final furlong, 5th of 9, 1 3/4l behind Clear Praise (9-7) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-80 (4) pol in Mar.
Avonvalley 20-1 (8-13) In touch on inside, good headway on inside over 1f out, led entering final furlong, ran on, won at Wolverhampton 6f hacp 0-70 (5) pol in Mar beating One Way Or Another (9-5) by 3/4l, 12 ran.
Speightowns Kid (USA) 4-1 (9-5) Raced wide and outpaced in last pair, last and struggling 3f out, never a factor, last of 7, 11l behind Alpha Delta Whisky (8-12) at Kempton 5f hacp 0-70 (5) pol in Mar.
Iceblast 5-1 (8-12) Towards rear, ridden and headway on inside over 1f out, kept on under pressure inside final furlong, never reached leaders, 6th of 11, 2 3/4l behind Admiralty (8-10) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Oct.
Restless Bay (IRE) 22-1 (9-2) Tracked leaders, pushed along over 2f out, soon lost place, 5th of 9, 6l behind Elusive Hawk (9-2) at Southwell 6f hacp 0-70 (5) fbs in Mar.
Hab Reeh 9-1 (9-4) Took keen hold, chased leaders on inside, ridden over 1f out, soon every chance, no extra towards finish, 6th of 12, 2 3/4l behind Avonvalley (8-13) at Wolverhampton 6f hacp 0-70 (5) pol in Mar.
Muftarres (IRE) 20-1 (9-0) Always in rear, ridden along halfway, 9th of 11, 7l behind Colourbearer (9-1) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Mar.
Methaaly (IRE) 15-2 (8-11) Reared leaving stalls, always behind, 10th of 12, 6l behind Avonvalley (8-13) at Wolverhampton 6f hacp 0-70 (5) pol in Mar.
Prince James 10-1 (9-0) Held up mid-division and keen, tracked winner 2f out, soon pushed along, weakened final furlong, 8th of 9, 11l behind Frontier Fighter (9-13) at Wolverhampton 7f hacp 0-70 (5) pol in Mar.
George Fenton 12-1 (8-13) Towards rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, switched left inside final furlong, not trouble leaders, 6th of 11, 5l behind Colourbearer (9-1) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Mar.
New Decade 16-1 (9-7) Dwelt, raced wide, always in rear, 12th of 13, 21l behind Greenhead High (9-1) at Southwell 6f hcp 0-65 (6) fbs in Feb.