Cheers For Thea has been struggling at the weights since scoring here in December but the assessor has dropped her to what looks a very fair mark and she must be a threat to all. Silver Alliance had been in good form without quite managing to get there before scoring here at the beginning of the month and a 3lb rise shouldn't be a problem but it's TRAVELLING who is handed the vote. Tony Carroll's filly scored at Lingfield last month and came up against a potentially well handicapped performer in Buckland when beaten over 1m2f at Kempton last week. Faithful Ruler is a multiple winner around here though generally at a lower level while Follow The Flag is a very rare winner these days.
Platinum (IRE) 66-1 (9-3) In touch, ridden over 2f out, not troubledleaders, 5th of 8, 6l behind Refreshestheparts (8-10) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f clm stks 0-75 (5) pol.
Silver Alliance 5-1 (9-2) Chased leading pair, went 2nd well over 1f out, led over 1f out, ridden and edged right well inside final furlong, stayed on well, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f app hcp 0-65 (6) pol beating Breakheart (8-13) by 3/4l, 7 ran.
Travelling 5-1 (8-8) In touch in rear, ridden over 1f out, kept on to chase winner inside final furlong, but never a threat, 2nd of 6, 2 3/4l behind Buckland (8-13) at Kempton 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Follow The Flag (IRE) 9-1 (9-5) In rear, ridden halfway, ran on strongly final furlong, went 2nd near finish, no chance with winner, 2nd of 8, 8l behind Our Ivor (8-10) at Southwell 1m hacp 0-70 (5) fbs.
Cheers For Thea (IRE) 25-1 (9-6) Slow into stride, towards rear, headway 8f out, in touch, ridden 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 8th of 12, 18l behind Hepworth (9-3) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f fll hcp (0-75) (5) pol in Jan.
Faithful Ruler (USA) 11-2 (8-2) Towards rear, ridden over 2f out, kept on final furlong, not reached leaders, 4th of 8, 4 1/2l behind Refreshestheparts (8-10) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f clm stks 0-75 (5) pol.
Jordaura 16-1 (8-13) Dwelt in rear, ridden 3f out, never a factor, 6th of 8, 13l behind Refreshestheparts (8-10) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f clm stks 0-75 (5) pol.