Jeff Pearce's FORMIDABLE GUEST escapes a penalty for her win over course and distance earlier this month and she can follow up here and complete the hat-trick with the main dangers rated as Follow The Flag and Ella Woodcock. Eric Alston's gelding was a narrow winner of a handicap over course and distance just under two weeks ago but a 4lb rise for that success makes this more difficult and he may be best watched now. Michael Wigham's Confidentiality disappointed at Lingfield last time and may now be a shade high in the weights having been running well in recent months. Just Bond has been running consistently well and should again be thereabouts but does need to improve to trouble the judge and of more interest may be Alan McCabe's Follow The Flag, who ran a poor race here last time but he is better than that and is not badly treated on the pick of his form. Formidable Guest has an obvious chance though and is hard to oppose.
Confidentiality (IRE) 20-1 (8-8) Held up, mid-division, driven over 2f out, never on terms, 10th of 14, 10l behind Dalradian (8-9) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp 0-100 (2) pol.
Scamperdale 12-1 (9-0) Soon tracking leaders, ridden entering final furlong, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 6, 6l behind Full Toss (8-9) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f cnd stks (4yo+) (3) pol.
Just Bond (IRE) 9-2 (9-4) Tracked leaders, weakened 1f out, 4th of 9, 7l behind Red Somerset (8-10) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Stand Guard 12-1 (8-6) Tracked leaders, pushed along 3f out, weakened over 2f out, 7th of 8, 8l behind Vainglory (8-8) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Jan.
Sand Tiger (IRE) 14-1 (9-0) Held up in rear, pushed along over 3f out, well beaten over 1f out, 7th of 10, 14l behind Plush (8-10) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f clm stks (6) pol.
Follow The Flag (IRE) 4-1fav (8-13) Mid-division, weakened 3f out, 6th of 9, 14l behind Red Somerset (8-10) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Formidable Guest 9-2 (8-11) Held up towards rear, headway over 2f out, ridden to lead inside final furlong, kept on, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f app hcp 0-80 (4) pol beating Boo (8-6) by 1/2l, 9 ran.
Ella Woodcock (IRE) 7-1 (9-0) Chased leaders, going well on inside 2f out, pushed along and ran on to lead towards finish, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-75 (5) pol beating Seldom (8-12) by nk, 9 ran.