DIAMOND VINE showed the benefit of a slide down the weights at Lingfield a fortnight ago where he finished runner-up to Johnny Splash. Ron Harris' charge gets the token vote in a low grade sprint off his current mark. Outbid carries a penalty for Thursday's win over 5f here when Methaaly, Ishetoo and Exkaliber all finished down the field. She should figure again, but Catalyze has been well beaten since scoring over track and trip in January.
Almaty Express 10-1 (9-1) Soon outpaced, last of 10, 21l behind Father Fred (9-8) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp (6) pol in Sep.
Catalyze 6-1 (9-6) Slowly away towards rear, ridden halfway, never a factor, 7th of 9, 11l behind Orwellian (9-3) at Southwell 6f hcp 0-52 (6) fbs.
Methaaly (IRE) 16-1 (9-0) Slowly into stride, towards rear, pushed along and ran on inside final furlong, not reach leaders, 6th of 11, 2 3/4l behind Outbid (9-7) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp 0-50 (7) pol.
Outbid 5-1 (9-7) Led 1f, prominent, went 2nd halfway, ridden to challenge over 1f out, ran on to lead final 100 yards, won at Wolverhampton 5f hcp 0-50 (7) pol beating Dear Ben (9-5) by 1/2l, 11 ran.
Diamond Vine (IRE) 4-1 (9-0) Tracked winner, ridden over 1f out, kept on one pace, 2nd of 8, 1 1/4l behind Johnny Splash (9-4) at Lingfield 6f hcp (0-55) (6) pol.
Ishetoo 25-1 (9-2) Always towards rear, 10th of 11, 7l behind Outbid (9-7) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp 0-50 (7) pol.
Exkaliber 7-2fav (9-4) Took keen hold, chased leaders, ridden and hung left over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 7th of 11, 3 1/2l behind Outbid (9-7) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp 0-50 (7) pol.
Auntie Mildred (IRE) 50-1 (9-3) Slowly into stride, held up, headway over 3f out, soon ridden, edged left and no impression over 1f out, 9th of 11, 13l behind Pipers Piping (9-6) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-50 (7) pol in Feb.
Athwaab 50-1 (9-2) Took keen hold, soon led, headed over 5f out, ridden 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 12th of 13, 15l behind Bladewood Girl (9-5) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-50 (7) pol.