Plenty of the runners in this sprint handicap have winning course form but THOUGHTSOFSTARDOM's last run gives him the edge over all weather maiden The History Man while the Jolly Ranch was finishing with intent on his last start and is also considered. The last effort was a slight return to form for the pick, who stayed on well to grab a place late on getting up ahead of a subsequent winner. His mark looks competitive with a further two pounds removed from his load and if he is back to form he should have enough to take this. If not then The History Man can use his own feather-light burden to take advantage with gelding's pilot removing five pounds from his load. That said he is yet to win on polytrack which remains a slight concern. Jolly Ranch finished the best of the lot on his last performance to grab a silver medal. His mark rise has been all but negated by his jockey's claim and his sole success has come over this trip. Ron Harris' Decider looks interesting now back on the polytrack but in a tight opener Thoughtsofstardom just gets the call.
Admiral Bond (IRE) 8-1 (8-13) Towards rear, outpaced over 2f out, never dangerous, 8th of 10, 8l behind Metal Guru (8-11) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Thoughtsofstardom 14-1 (9-2) Towards rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong to take 3rd near finish, 3rd of 10, 1 3/4l behind Metal Guru (8-11) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
The History Man (IRE) 3-1fav (9-2) Always prominent, led 2f out, headed well inside final furlong, no extra, 2nd of 15, 1/2l behind Outer Hebrides (8-10) at Chepstow 6f hcp 0-55 (6) gd in Aug.
Our Wee Girl (IRE) 14-1 (8-4) Mid-division on inside, pushed along halfway, soon beaten, 13th of 15, 22l behind Cwmni (8-1) at Bath 6f sell stks (5) gd in Jul.
Jolly Ranch 8-1 (8-6) Edged slightly left soon after start, chased leaders, ridden over 1f out, ran on inside final furlong, just failed, 2nd of 10, hd behind Rainy Night (9-1) at Wolverhampton 5f 3yo hcp 0-60 (6) std.
Monsieur Reynard 12-1 (8-7) Chased leaders, ridden over 1f out, kept on under pressure inside final furlong, no chance with winner, 3rd of 13, 5l behind Lithaam (8-5) at Chepstow 5f hcp 0-65 (6) gd.
Decider (USA) 12-1 (8-5) Always prominent, led 2f out, ridden and headed 1f out, not quicken inside final furlong, 3rd of 10, 1 3/4l behind Milton Of Campsie (9-2) at Ffos Las 5f hcp 0-60 (6) gf.
Helping Hand (IRE) 7-1 (8-8) Soon led, clear over 2f out, headed inside final furlong, no extra, 2nd of 14, 3 1/2l behind Boho Chic (8-8) at Bath 6f 3yo & 4yo sll (6) gd.
Malapropism 16-1 (8-11) Prominent, ridden 2f out, soon weakened, 11th of 13, 12l behind Lithaam (8-5) at Chepstow 5f hcp 0-65 (6) gd.
Spring Bridge (IRE) 66-1 (9-0) Held up, ridden halfway, stayed on to take 3rd towards finish, 3rd of 8, 5l behind Chantilly Jewel (8-10) at Lingfield 5f mdn auc stks (6) pol.
Triskaidekaphobia 66-1 (8-13) Mid-division on inside, ridden and outpaced over 2f out, never on terms, 9th of 11, 10l behind Green Lagonda (8-10) at Bath 5f clm stks (6) fm.
Meikle Barfil 33-1 (8-1) Dwelt, held up, headway final furlong, not reached leaders, 6th of 13, 8l behind Lithaam (8-5) at Chepstow 5f hcp 0-65 (6) gd.
Sir Loin 50-1 (8-1) In touch on outside, ridden and one pace when hampered and pushed left entering final 2f, well behind soon after, last of 16, 16l behind Cape Royal (9-8) at Windsor 5f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Aug.