Red Ramesses, Ryedale Dancer and RUSSIAN BULLET have all been threatening a return to winning ways and were placed over 5f on their latest starts. Of those, the latter makes most appeal as he's a C&D winner and an apprentice's 5lb claim could give him the edge in this. Onceaponatime finished closer on his latest start when a length ahead of Ishetoo while Under Par has a chance back down in trip after a second over 7f here last week and Mataajir is yet another with a shout.
Mataajir (USA) 12-1 (8-4) Led, ridden and headed entering final furlong, no extra, 3rd of 10, 2 1/2l behind Spark Of Genius (9-2) at Wolverhampton 7f app hcp 0-65 (6) pol.
Whiskey Junction 6-1 (9-7) Led until headed inside final furlong, soon weakened, 6th of 11, 3 1/2l behind Reginald Claude (9-2) at Lingfield 6f hcp (6) pol in Dec.
Nine Before Ten (IRE) 20-1 (8-13) Tracked leader, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 10th of 11, 13l behind Passionada (9-5) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Dec.
Russian Bullet 7-2fav (9-3) Tracked leaders, under pressure over 1f out, stayed on same pace, 3rd of 9, nk behind Johnny Splash (8-4) at Lingfield 5f sll hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Ryedale Dancer (IRE) 8-1 (8-10) Held up in rear, headway on inside over 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 2nd of 7, 1l behind Miss Bunter (9-5) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Romanticize 33-1 (9-4) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, no extra well inside final furlong, 6th of 11, 3 1/2l behind Invigilator (9-6) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Dec.
Red Ramesses (IRE) 4-6fav (9-3) Tracked leader, ridden 2f out, led inside final furlong, headed towards finish, 2nd of 8, 3/4l behind Resonare (9-3) at Wolverhampton 5f mdn auc stks (6) pol in Dec.
Onceaponatime (IRE) 17-2 (9-5) Chased leaders, ridden and effort on outside 1f out, kept on and every chance inside final furlong, held towards finish, 3rd of 10, 1 1/4l behind Athaakeel (8-12) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp (0-55) (6) pol.
Chester Deelyte (IRE) 25-1 (8-13) Prominent, took keen hold, lost place 1f out, last of 10, 13l behind Methaaly (8-10) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Dec.
Ishetoo 10-1 (9-4) Mid-division, chased leaders over 1f out, ridden and kept on inside final furlong, no impression, 5th of 10, 2 3/4l behind Athaakeel (8-12) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp (0-55) (6) pol.
Under Par 8-1 (9-2) Tracked leader, ridden to lead entering final furlong, headed closing stages, no extra, 2nd of 11, 1 1/4l behind Boy The Bell (8-13) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp (0-55) (6) pol.
Back For Tea (IRE) 14-1 (10-0) Chased leading pair, hung right and weakened over 2f out, 6th of 8, 12l behind Two In The Pink (8-7) at Kempton 6f mdn auc stks (6) pol.
Valdemar 40-1 (8-13) Raced keenly, mid-division, driven 2f out, weakened and eased final furlong, last of 10, 29l behind Glennten (9-7) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp (0-55) (6) pol.