TWO NO BIDS has been in fine form in lesser company and won twice in a week over today's distance including a victory over track and trip. He's up another 5lb today but is dropped in class and a hat-trick looks on the cards. Barbados Bob and George Fenton have a bit to find with the selection on running at this venue but the latter has beaten Strong Man and Hellbender here earlier in the month, while Miss Avonbridge can race off the same mark as when second over track and trip last time. She's preferred to Powerful Pierre, who now looks in the handicapper's grip after rattling up a hat-trick recently.
Two No Bids (IRE) 9-2 (9-0) Slowly into stride, short of room soon after start, switched right towards outside, headway over 2f out, hung left over 1f out, led inside final furlong, ran on, won at Southwell 7f hcp 0-85 (4) fbs beating Piceno (8-4) by 1 1/4l, 11 ran.
Miss Avonbridge (IRE) 3-1 (9-7) In touch, pushed along halfway, headway to chase winner over 1f out, no impression final furlong, 2nd of 8, 2 1/4l behind Maggie Pink (9-1) at Wolverhampton 7f fll hcp (0-75) (3yo+) (5) pol.
Pearl Nation (USA) 12-1 (9-5) Chased leaders in 3rd, pushed along over 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 8th of 11, 11l behind Albaqaa (8-10) at Haydock 1m hcp 0-80 (4) gf in May.
George Fenton 5-1 (9-7) Behind, outpaced 2f out, kept on inside final furlong never nearer, 6th of 9, 8l behind Two No Bids (9-0) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Greensward 25-1 (9-6) Steadied towards rear, headway on inside to chase leaders over 1f out, soon no impression, 5th of 12, 4l behind Wandsworth (9-1) at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Barbados Bob (USA) 7-1 (9-2) Held up behind, headway on outside over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, went 2nd inside final furlong, kept on, no impression with winner, 2nd of 9, 2 1/2l behind Two No Bids (9-0) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Powerful Pierre 7-1 (8-11) Slowly away towards rear, ridden over 2f out, headway over 1f out, switched right inside final furlong, never nearer, 7th of 13, 4 1/2l behind Discussiontofollow (9-0) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Hellbender (IRE) 11-2 (9-2) Held up tracking leaders, pushed along halfway, outpaced over 2f out, rallied on outside over 1f out, ridden to lead inside final furlong, headed final strides, 3rd of 5, hd behind George Fenton (9-7) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Strong Man 13-2 (9-1) Led, ridden and hung left over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, soon not much room, rallied close home, just failed, 2nd of 5, shd behind George Fenton (9-7) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Rugosa 8-1 (9-7) Led early, tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, last of 10, 14l behind Kimbali (9-2) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Nov.
Striking Echo 66-1 (9-1) Slowly into stride and always towards rear, last of 10, 11l behind The Great Gabrial (9-6) at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Nov.
Baltic Prince (IRE) 10-1 (7-9) Slowly into stride, towards rear, pushed along over 2f out, one pace and no impression, 5th of 6, 4l behind Skytrain (9-3) at Catterick 7f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Aug.