George Fenton was well backed to return to winning ways over track and trip last time and duly obliged. He'd gone close on a previous start here when TWO NO BIDS finished just ahead of him in second. The latter re-opposes on better terms today and can uphold the form. Smalljohn finished further behind in the same race, but Menelik continues to improve and should go well on his return after winning at Lingfield in July. Seek The Fair Land has been in decent form over 6f of late and Barbados Bob should also be thereabouts again.
George Fenton 11-8fav (9-7) Took keen hold tracking leader, ridden to challenge and edged left inside final furlong, driven and edged left again well inside final furlong, led final strides, won at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-75 (5) pol beating Strong Man (9-1) by shd, 5 ran.
My Kingdom (IRE) 25-1 (8-11) Held up towards rear, pushed along and headway between horses over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, never going pace to reach leaders and lost places final 100 yards, 7th of 14, 2 1/2l behind Tasrih (9-3) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Decision By One 10-1 (9-4) Led until over 2f out, weakened well over 1f out, last of 8, 24l behind Capaill Liath (9-4) at Kempton 7f clm stks (5) pol.
Seek The Fair Land 7-1 (9-4) Held up, headway over 1f out, switched right inside final furlong, ridden and ran on, not reach winner, 2nd of 11, 3/4l behind Jungle Bay (9-7) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Nov.
Barbados Bob (USA) 7-2fav (9-4) Held up towards rear, headway on inner over 1f out, ridden and kept on final furlong, 7th of 12, 3 1/2l behind Shaunas Spirit (9-6) at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-70 (5) pol.
Menelik (IRE) 9-2 (9-7) Prominent, headway over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on to lead last 75 yards, won at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Jul beating Amethyst Dawn (9-9) by 3/4l, 13 ran.
Valdaw 33-1 (8-13) Went left start led early, close up, ridden when weakened over 1f out, last of 13, 23l behind Apollo D'Negro (9-3) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-80 (4) pol in Nov.
Two No Bids (IRE) 8-1 (8-12) Slowly into stride, held up towards rear, headway on outside
Smalljohn 6-1 (9-1) Prominent, led well over 1f out, headed entering final furlong, no extra close home, 5th of 12, 2 1/2l behind Eastern Dragon (8-8) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Nov.