A 5lb rise for his earlier win over C&D proved beyond Chookie Avon back at this course last week. SUNLEY PRIDE is preferred as he won over track and trip at the same meeting last week with a bit to spare and a penalty may not be enough to prevent him following up. Willies Wonder has been threatening to get his head in front of late and Jack Smudge scored over 6f here last month. Silver Rime went close at Thirsk on his latest start and is another to consider along with Satwa Laird.
Chookie Avon 4-1 (9-7) Held up in mid-division on outside, hampered well over 1f out, soon hung left, switched right and stayed on under pressure inside final furlong, not pace to threaten, 5th of 10, 2l behind Lucky Dan (9-6) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Sunley Pride 7-2fav (9-1) Chased leaders, led over 2f out, driven out, won at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-75 (5) pol beating McMonagle (9-2) by 2 1/4l, 11 ran.
Imperator Augustus (IRE) 12-1 (9-0) Chased leaders, ridden over 2f out, weakened well over 1f out, 10th of 13, 17l behind Jo'burg (9-6) at Redcar 1m hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Sep.
Willies Wonder (IRE) 9-2 (9-0) Held up mid-division, headway 1f out, ridden inside final furlong, kept on to take 3rd towards finish, 3rd of 11, 2 1/2l behind Restaurateur (9-2) at Wolverhampton 7f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Jack Smudge 20-1 (9-5) Chased leading pair, driven over 2f out, ridden 1f out, lost place and no extra inside final furlong, 4th of 13, 7l behind Enrol (9-2) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Silver Rime (FR) 8-1 (9-3) Held up towards rear, headway 2f out on outer, chased winner inside final furlong, held near finish, 2nd of 11, 3/4l behind Dolphin Rock (8-13) at Thirsk 1m hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Sep.
Minortransgression (USA) 10-3 (8-10) With leaders, weakened 2f out, 3rd of 5, 16l behind Dubaianswer (9-7) at Southwell 1m hcp 0-75 (5) fbs in Jan.
Namwahjobo (IRE) 12-1 (8-10) Soon outpaced and behind, never a factor, 7th of 8, 21l behind Barkston Ash (8-7) at Ayr 6f hcp 0-85 (4) hvy.
Satwa Laird 16-1 (9-7) Tracked leaders, ridden over 1f out, stayed on same pace from over 1f out, 5th of 11, 2 1/4l behind Majestic Dream (9-4) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-70 (5) pol.
George Benjamin 40-1 (9-5) Chased leaders, ridden over 3f out, soon lost place, 10th of 13, 21l behind Outpost (9-7) at Southwell 1m hcp 0-75 (5) fbs.
Cut Across (IRE) 9-2 (9-3) Held up, ridden 2f out, not trouble leaders, 6th of 12, 3l behind Galatian (9-4) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Swendab (IRE) 33-1 (8-11) Mid-division, ridden inside final 2f, stayed on under pressure on inside final furlong, never reached leaders, 5th of 13, 7l behind Enrol (9-2) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.