PATRIOTIC was originally with Mark Johnston and gained his first success for Chris Dwyer here on Friday, battling on well for a hard-fought victory. That was an apprentice contest so, as he receives no penalty, a quick follow-up looks on the cards. Pipers Piping was fourth that day after scoring at Southwell the previous day. He had every chance but couldn't quicken and looks held. Master Of Dance is consistent but looking a few pounds high so it's McCool Bannanas, who just can't get his head in front despite some fair efforts, who looks the main threat.
McConnell (USA) 5-1 (9-5) Keen and held up, headway to chase leaders over 4f out, ridden 3f out, kept on one pace, 4th of 10, 11l behind Magic Millie (9-0) at Southwell 1m 4f sell stks (6) fbs in Jan.
Pipers Piping (IRE) 10-3fav (9-13) Took keen hold, prominent early, tracked leaders, ridden and edged left 1st, staying on same pace when hampered well inside final furlong, 4th of 9, 3 1/2l behind Patriotic (9-1) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f app hcp 0-65 (6) pol.
Master Of Dance (IRE) 9-2 (9-6) Held up, switched right and headway over 1f out, soon edged left, stayed on, no impression on winner, 2nd of 9, 4l behind Daniel Thomas (8-11) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hacp 0-70 (5) pol.
Mccool Bannanas 8-1 (9-5) Held up, headway when not clear run briefly just over 1f out, ran on well, not able to get to winner, 2nd of 13, 1/2l behind Valley Tiger (8-12) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Jan.
Patriotic (IRE) 10-3fav (9-1) Prominent, went 2nd over 3f out, led over 1f out, ran on well, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f app hcp 0-65 (6) pol beating Scary Movie (9-0) by 1 3/4l, 9 ran.