Graham Gibbons gave Bentley a superb ride to score over the C&D last week when Royal Island was a close fourth. The latter, who didn't get the best of runs, is 6lb better off and ran well enough over an inadequate 7f at Southwell on Saturday to reverse the placings though HERECOMETHEGIRLS has the beating of the pair of them. A very unfortunate loser when a neck behind Love In The Park here last month when Bentley was fourth receiving weight, Bill Turner's filly can finally lose her maiden tag at the 16th time of asking. It took John Potts 33 attempts before he gained his first success but there was no fluke about the victory and he is no forlorn hope to follow up.
Bentley 5-1 (9-1) Led, 2 lengths clear 2f out, ridden over 1f out, hung left under pressure inside final furlong, kept on gamely towards finish, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-55 (6) std beating All Moving Parts (9-2) by nk, 11 ran.
Herecomethegirls 9-1 (9-0) In rear, headway over 3f out, challenging when not clear run over 1f out, and again inside final furlong, driven and rallied towards finish, unlucky, 2nd of 9, nk behind Love In The Park (9-0) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp (6) pol in Nov.
Katmai River (IRE) 10-1 (9-2) Mid-division, headway 3f out, not much room on inside over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, 3rd of 8, 2 1/2l behind John Potts (8-7) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Zarius 14-1 (9-1) Mid-division, ridden 3f out, headway over 1f out, stayed on same pace final furlong, 3rd of 13, 2l behind It's A Mans World (8-0) at Southwell 7f hcp 0-60 (6) fbs in Nov.
The Bay Bandit 25-1 (8-13) Mid-division best, ridden and no impression over 2f out, 13th of 20, 13l behind Doorock (9-0) at Naas 6f hcp 47-65 gd in Aug.
Director General (USA) 33-1 (9-1) Close up and keen, led 3f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, not much room inside final when weakening, 6th of 13, 5l behind Blue Moon (9-7) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Nov.
The Graig 11-1 (8-8) Chased leaders, ridden over 2f out, kept on inside final furlong, never going pace to reach leaders, 5th of 7, 2 3/4l behind Lady Lam (8-12) at Brighton 1m hcp 0-60 (6) gf in May.
Fortunate Bid (IRE) 16-1 (9-9) Always towards rear, ridden and struggling over 2f out, 8th of 11, 17l behind Dark Ranger (9-12) at Ripon 1m 2f 3yo & 4yo sll (5) gd in Aug.
Rigid 3-1 (8-13) Towards rear, headway over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 10, 7l behind Embra (8-11) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-52 (6) pol in Oct.
Royal Island (IRE) 10-3fav (8-11) Chased leaders, headway on outside over 2f out, kept on inside final furlong, no chance with winner, 2nd of 11, 5l behind Clever Omneya (8-9) at Southwell 7f hcp (6) fbs.
John Potts 9-1 (8-7) Mid-division, headway on outside 2f out, led 1f out, ran on well, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-60 (6) pol beating Kielty's Folly (9-0) by 2 1/4l, 8 ran.
Pie Poudre 20-1 (8-11) Slowly into stride, headway 6f out, soon chasing leaders, challenged and every chance 2f out, stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 4th of 8, 4 1/2l behind Shamarlane (9-1) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp (6) pol in Nov.
Bold Hawk 66-1 (8-7) Chased winner until 3f out, weakened over 2f out, well beaten when hung left over 1f out, 9th of 11, 17l behind Bentley (9-1) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-55 (6) std.