Powerful Pierre scored over 6f here last month but didn't have the pace to follow up on turf on Saturday. He stays this trip well and can prove a threat. Spinning Ridge has returned to form and is just 2lb higher than when scoring at Kempton. That was over a mile but he's earlier scored over this trip at Lingfield and must be a threat. El Libertador has yet to win a race from 27 starts but is rarely beaten far over this C&D and won't be far away, but the vote goes to FLYING APPLAUSE. Roy Bowring's charge is hardly the most consistent of performers but he's won from much higher marks than this on both Polytrack and turf and hopefully will be in one of his going moods today.
Powerful Pierre 9-1 (8-10) Raced stands side, chased leaders, effort over 1f out, stayed on same pace, 6th of 15, 7l behind Dickie Le Davoir (9-1) at Thirsk 6f hcp 0-70 (5) gd.
Vhujon (IRE) 66-1 (9-3) Held up in rear, ridden over 2f out, no impression, last of 10, 7l behind Copperwood (9-6) at Wolverhampton 7f hacp 0-70 (5) pol in Mar.
Aviso (GER) 12-1 (9-7) Dwelt in rear, pushed along over 3f out, ridden 2f out, ran on final furlong, not reach leaders, 4th of 11, 2 1/4l behind Powerful Pierre (9-0) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Mar.
Istiqdaam 9-2 (9-4) Ridden along to soon lead, headed over 3f out, weakened over 2f out, 7th of 8, 46l behind John Potts (9-5) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hacp 0-70 (5) pol in Mar.
Magical Illusion 16-1 (8-5) Squeezed out start, in rear, headway under pressure over 2f out, led inside final furlong, ran on, won at Chepstow 6f 2yo hcp (5) sft in Aug '08 beating Anacaona (8-0) by 3/4l, 9 ran.
Spinning Ridge (IRE) 11-2 (9-5) Dwelt, held up towards rear, headway on inner over 2f out, led inside final furlong, driven out, won at Kempton 1m hcp 0-68 (6) pol in Mar beating George Baker (9-3) by hd, 13 ran.
Little Perisher 11-1 (9-4) Not much room leaving stalls, held up in rear, took keen hold, hampered 4f out, ridden over 2f out, late headway, never nearer, 6th of 9, 4 1/2l behind Boldinor (9-3) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Mar.
El Libertador (USA) 3-1fav (9-1) Dwelt, towards rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, stayed on final furlong, not reach leaders, 3rd of 10, 1 1/2l behind Collect Art (9-7) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Mar.
Flying Applause 15-2 (9-1) Held up in touch, ridden over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 6th of 10, 5l behind Angelena Ballerina (9-5) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp (0-55) (6) pol in Mar.
Dhhamaan (IRE) 22-1 (9-1) Led, headed over 5f out, ridden and weakened over 2f out, 10th of 12, 17l behind Katmai River (9-0) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp (0-55) (6) pol in Mar.
Sweet Mirasol (IRE) 8-1 (8-12) In rear, some headway 1f out, soon weakened, 8th of 11, 13l behind Almaty Express (8-10) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp (0-55) (6) pol in Jan.
Crocodile Bay (IRE) 7-1 (8-13) Pulled hard, tracked leaders, led over 4f out until over 3f out, ridden to lead again 2f out until over 1f out, one pace, 4th of 11, 7l behind Lilli Palmer (8-10) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-52 (6) pol in Mar.