Larghetto and ROMANTICIZE both arrive off the back of recent course and distance victories and have a penalty to carry. The latter is the more consistent and, though she only won by a short-head last time, is fancied to score again from a decent draw. First Rebellion won easily over 6f here earlier in the month but this will be his first try over 7f while Littlecote Lady's best form is also over shorter trips. Blue Noodles was behind the selection on Thursday but Dhhamaan might have a chance off a low weight and Needwood Ridge is starting to look well handicapped.
Larghetto (USA) 16-1 (9-2) Held up mid-division, headway on outer over 2f out, led entering final furlong, stayed on strongly, won at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-60 (6) pol beating Do More Business (8-8) by 2 3/4l, 10 ran.
Romanticize 5-1fav (9-2) Tracked leaders, ridden over 1f out, kept on and led close home, won at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-60 (6) pol beating Moss Hill (8-10) by shd, 11 ran.
High On The Hog (IRE) 25-1 (9-6) Chased leaders, ridden and every chance approaching final furlong, no extra inside final furlong, 6th of 11, 2 3/4l behind Abriachan (9-6) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-58 (6) pol in Jul.
Regal Acclaim (IRE) 3-1fav (9-2) Pushed along to lead after 1f and set strong pace, ridden and headed well over 2f out, chased leader until well over 1f out, weakened entering final furlong, 7th of 9, 9l behind Jonnie Skull (9-2) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp (0-55) (6) pol in Mar.
Needwood Ridge 33-1 (8-8) Tracked winner early, lost place over 2f out, 7th of 9, 11l behind Frontier Fighter (9-13) at Wolverhampton 7f hacp 0-70 (5) pol in Mar.
First Rebellion 7-2 (8-8) Made all, ridden clear over 1f out, ran on well, unchallenged, won at Wolverhampton 6f hcp (0-55) (6) pol beating Slatey Hen (8-10) by 3l, 10 ran.
Nine Before Ten (IRE) 50-1 (8-2) In touch, ridden 2f out, kept on inside final furlong, not trouble leaders, 5th of 13, 3 1/2l behind School Fees (9-7) at Doncaster 6f fll hcp (0-75) (5) gd.
Littlecote Lady 4-1fav (9-5) Chashed leaders, ridden 2f out, switched right 1f out, ran on, not reached winner, 2nd of 12, nk behind Almaty Express (8-13) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp (0-55) (6) pol.
Ridgeway Hawk 8-1 (9-0) Slowly away outpaced, very wide into straight 3f out, ridden and headway over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, never dangerous, 3rd of 10, 4l behind Pull The Pin (8-13) at Southwell 6f hcp 0-60 (6) fbs.
Blue Noodles 14-1 (9-0) Held up in touch, headway on outer over 1f out, kept on and hung left inside final furlong, 5th of 11, 2 1/4l behind Romanticize (9-2) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Dhhamaan (IRE) 16-1 (8-12) With leader, every chance over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, eased final furlong, 7th of 11, 20l behind Keep It Dark (9-1) at Newcastle 7f app hcp (6) gs.
Hittin'the Skids (IRE) 18-1 (8-13) Slowly away outpaced, last of 10, 26l behind Pull The Pin (8-13) at Southwell 6f hcp 0-60 (6) fbs.