John Potts has shown dramatic improvement in recent weeks over this C&D and a four-timer can't be ruled out despite his latest weight rise. He can confirm recent running with Fortunate Bid. Director General was only beaten a neck by Pie Poudre over C&D last month and there shouldn't be much to choose between the pair again today but TRES FROIDE is long overdue a win on the all-weather and, with Nigel Tinkler's string in good form lately, the mare can finally get her head in front. No Trimmings won at Dundalk last month and may be the pick of the remainder.
John Potts 5-1fav (9-3) Tracked leaders, dropped into mid-division over 5f out, headway over 2f out, challenged over 1f out, led and edged left inside final furlong, stayed on gamely, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-50 (7) pol beating Fortunate Bid (9-0) by 1/2l, 13 ran.
Director General (USA) 9-1 (9-1) Mid-division, edged right and headway over 1f out, ridden and ran on to go 2nd close home, 2nd of 11, nk behind Pie Poudre (8-10) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp (6) pol in Dec.
No Trimmings (IRE) 16-1 (8-7) Took keen hold towards rear, going well when not clearest of runs entering final 2f, stayed on under pressure inside final furlong, not pace to trouble leaders, 4th of 14, 1l behind Iguacu (8-13) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Dec.
Fortunate Bid (IRE) 11-2 (9-0) Held up in rear, headway on outside over 2f out, ridden to lead and carried head high over 1f out, edged left and headed inside final furlong, held close home, 2nd of 13, 1/2l behind John Potts (9-3) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-50 (7) pol.
Tres Froide (FR) 11-2 (9-3) Held up in touch and keen, chased leaders over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, soon chased winner, kept on, no impression, 2nd of 13, 2 1/4l behind Lord Lansing (9-5) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-50 (7) pol.
Capacity (IRE) 16-1 (8-6) Towards rear, headway on inside 3f out, chased leaders over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 11, 5l behind Rustic Deacon (9-0) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Dec.
Lucky Diva 11-4fav (8-12) Held up towards rear, ridden halfway, rapid headway on wide outside soon after, chased leaders 3f out, hung left well over 1f out, weakened over 1f out, 7th of 9, 6l behind Very Well Red (8-10) at Lingfield 1m hcp (0-55) (6) pol.
Pie Poudre 14-1 (8-11) Dwelt, towards rear, pushed along and reminders early, mid-division over 5f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on, no extra towards finish, 3rd of 12, 2 3/4l behind Wavertree Warrior (8-13) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Libre 25-1 (8-8) Always behind, 12th of 13, 24l behind Master Of Light (9-0) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-50 (7) pol in Oct.
Angle of Attack (IRE) 11-2 (8-10) Led, ridden and headed over 2f out, lost place over 1f out, kept on same pace, no impression final furlong, 5th of 13, 4l behind Figaro Flyer (8-12) at Southwell 6f hcp 0-52 (6) fbs.
Bolton Hall (IRE) 6-1 (9-0) Slowly away, pushed along in rear, ridden over 1f out, never dangerous, 8th of 10, 6l behind Arlene Phillips (8-7) at Ffos Las 1m 2f hcp 0-55 (6) gd in Sep '09.
Masteeat (USA) 40-1 (8-7) Mid-division, outpaced over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on under pressure inside final furlong, never reached leaders, 4th of 11, 7l behind Bishopbriggs (9-1) at Lingfield 7f hcp (6) pol in Dec.
Gems 33-1 (8-12) Held up mid-division on inner, ridden over 1f out, faded inside final furlong, 9th of 14, 9l behind Kielty's Folly (9-3) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-50 (7) pol.