Heirarch was ending a long losing run when scoring at Kempton in September and will find life tougher off a higher mark. That shouldn't be the case for Run It Twice, whose penalty for winning here on Thursday is greatly reduced by an apprentice's allowance. He should go close, but GEORGE FENTON makes most appeal. He's been threatening to get his head back in front and this looks a less competitive affair than his latest narrow-margin defeat over track and trip where Strong Man finished well behind.
George Fenton 10-1 (9-1) Chased leaders, ridden over 2f out, went 2nd well over 1f out, led entering final furlong, soon edged left, headed towards finish, 3rd of 12, 1l behind Eastern Dragon (8-8) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Nov.
Hellbender (IRE) 10-1 (9-6) Towards rear, ridden and headway approaching final furlong, stayed on to go 3rd, not trouble leaders, 3rd of 10, 2 3/4l behind Kimbali (9-2) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Nov.
Egotist (IRE) 25-1 (9-4) Tracked leaders, went 2nd over 2f out, ridden and effort 1f out, lost place inside final furlong, no extra, 5th of 8, 6l behind Lean On Pete (9-2) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Nov.
Strong Man 6-1 (9-3) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, soon lost place, last of 12, 15l behind Eastern Dragon (8-8) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Nov.
Hierarch (IRE) 14-1 (8-9) Chased leaders in 4th, headway over 1f out, pushed along to challenge over 1f out, led inside final furlong, kept on, won at Kempton 7f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Sep beating Fantasy Gladiator (9-10) by hd, 13 ran.
Run It Twice (IRE) 5-2fav (9-4) Steadied start, held up in mid-division, headway when not clear run over 1f out, ran on to lead inside final furlong, driven out, won at Wolverhampton 7f hcp (0-65) (6) pol beating Harvest Mist (8-11) by 1/2l, 9 ran.