Powerful Pierre picked up a claiming race here last time and had narrowly beaten Pearl Nation over track and trip before that. The latter is weighted to reverse running and is also preferred to Kyllachy Star, winning for the first time since 2011 when successful at Lingfield last week. Al's Memory won six times last year and had RUWAIYAN in third when recording the latest of those wins over track and trip in November. But he's been out of form since and James Tate's charge can take revenge dropping back down in class after a recent outing in Class 2 company here.
Ruwaiyan (USA) 7-1 (8-8) Towards rear, headway over 1f out, never on terms, 8th of 12, 7l behind Solar Deity (9-7) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp (2) pol in Nov.
Al's Memory (IRE) 8-1 (8-8) Rearing in stalls and started slowly, held up, pushed along and outpaced 3f out, never on terms, last of 7, 22l behind Apostle (8-12) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-95 (3) pol.
Forceful Appeal (USA) 12-1 (9-12) In rear, ridden over 2f out, never near leaders, 6th of 7, 9l behind Regal Hawk (9-2) at Sandown 1m 2f hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Aug.
Fantasy Gladiator 8-1 (8-7) Pushed along when hampered over 5f out, held up in rear, headway on inside 2f out, 4th and one pace final furlong, 4th of 7, 7l behind Apostle (8-12) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-95 (3) pol.
Trojan Rocket (IRE) 8-1 (9-7) Behind, outpaced 3f out, never on terms, 7th of 11, 7l behind Hadaj (9-4) at Newmarket 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Aug.
Pearl Nation (USA) 6-1 (9-7) Mid-division, headway over 2f out to chase leaders, led well over 1f out, kept on and headed close home, 2nd of 11, 1/2l behind Powerful Pierre (8-11) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Dec.
Powerful Pierre 9-4fav (8-6) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, led and bumped inside final furlong, edged right close home, held on, won at Wolverhampton 6f clm stks 0-75 (5) pol beating George Fenton (8-11) by hd, 9 ran.
Kyllachy Star 10-1 (8-11) Mid-division, ridden and headway over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong to lead final 75 yards, ran on, won at Lingfield 7f hacp 0-70 (5) pol beating Iceblast (9-3) by 1 3/4l, 13 ran.