ONE SCOOP OR TWO finished a length ahead of today's rival Idol Deputy when third over track and trip last week. Caught in the closing stages, he's only 2lb higher than October's victory at this track and gets the vote. Idol Deputy should also figure once again and Strike Force has been running well without success since scoring at Lingfield in November and looks a danger. Amana and Haywain are a couple of less exposed types worth a second glance in the betting on their first starts since last May.
One Scoop Or Two 10-1 (9-2) Tracked leaders, led narrowly 2f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on until headed and no extra near finish, 3rd of 9, 1l behind Lean On Pete (9-6) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hacp 0-70 (5) pol.
Final Drive (IRE) 9-1 (9-4) Slowly into stride, behind and soon pushed along, reminder 5f out, ridden and stayed on into mid-division final furlong, never near leaders, 7th of 9, 10l behind Beautiful Day (9-6) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Ortea 20-1 (9-3) Mid-division, outpaced over 3f out, ridden over 2f out, never on terms, weakened final furlong, 10th of 11, 7l behind Repeater (9-7) at Ripon 1m 2yo hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Sep '11.
Strike Force 16-1 (9-4) Chased leaders, ridden disputing 2nd from well over 1f out, edged left and stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 3rd of 8, 1 3/4l behind Renegotiate (9-1) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hacp 0-70 (5) pol.
Amana (USA) 5-1 (10-1) Held up in touch, closed over 2f out, led over 1f out, soon headed, stayed on, held by winner final 100 yards, 2nd of 9, 1l behind Call Of Duty (9-9) at Haydock 1m 4f ladies hcp 0-70 (5) gf in May.
Idol Deputy (FR) 8-1 (9-0) Mid-division on outside, tracked leaders over 2f out, poised to challenge over 1f out, shaken up and every chance inside final furlong, not quicken towards finish, 4th of 9, 2l behind Lean On Pete (9-6) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hacp 0-70 (5) pol.
Elijah Pepper (USA) 9-2 (9-8) Led, pushed along over 2f out, headed over 1f out, soon weakened, last of 6, 6l behind Sir Boss (10-2) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hacp 0-70 (5) pol.
Haywain 7-2 (9-6) Tracked leading pair, hit rail and lost place 4f out, weakened 2f out, 7th of 9, 15l behind Sabhan (9-4) at Beverley 1m 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gf in May.
Kyle Of Bute 40-1 (9-7) Always behind, never on terms, last of 12, 12l behind Aragorn Rouge (8-13) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Nov.