Ishikawa just failed to land a hat-trick when caught on the line here last time. He can usually be relied to run his race and is not easily overlooked but EXCEEDEXPECTATIONS is just preferred. The latter has a penalty to contend with for last week's victory over track and trip but beat Tyrur Ted by over four lengths and can confirm the form in the process of following up. Honey Of A Kitten has been successful in a couple of selling races here this year and Space War won at the track in November and can go well again. Watt Broderick was well supported when going close at Lingfield on Monday but has a tougher assignment in this.
Exceedexpectations 8-11fav (9-7) Led 2f, tracked leader, smooth headway to lead 2f out, shaken up inside final furlong, ran on, readily, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hacp 0-70 (5) pol beating Tyrur Ted (8-13) by 4 1/2l, 3 ran.
Ishikawa (IRE) 5-2fav (9-5) Chased leaders, ran on inside final furlong, led close home, headed post, 2nd of 9, shd behind Dakota Canyon (9-3) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Standpoint 25-1 (9-2) Mid-division, weakened 2f out, 8th of 10, 11l behind Goldstorm (9-6) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Honey Of A Kitten (USA) 5-1 (8-12) Held up mid-division and keen, kept on one pace inside final furlong, 6th of 12, 2 3/4l behind Greyfriarschorista (8-12) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Mountain Range (IRE) 12-1 (9-5) Pushed along 5f out, always behind, 8th of 9, 12l behind Dakota Canyon (9-3) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Space War 9-2 (9-2) Held up in touch, headway on inside to chase leaders well over 1f out, went 2nd over 1f out, ridden to lead inside final furlong, driven out, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Nov beating Christmas Light (9-7) by 1/2l, 8 ran.
Brown Pete (IRE) 10-1 (9-5) In touch in rear, ridden 3f out, headway entering final furlong, stayed on near finish, 3rd of 7, 2 1/2l behind Norfolk Sky (9-2) at Lingfield 1m 2f hacp 0-70 (5) pol in Jan.
Saint Thomas (IRE) 11-1 (9-0) Keen in touch, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 8th of 10, 12l behind Headline News (8-13) at Leicester 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Sep.
Watt Broderick (IRE) 4-1 (9-1) Towards rear, ridden and headway entering final furlong, ran on, not reach leaders, 3rd of 11, 3/4l behind Mubtadi (8-13) at Lingfield 1m 2f hacp 0-70 (5) pol.
Tyrur Ted 13-8 (8-13) Cose up in 3rd, ridden over 2f out, chased winner over 1f out, no impression final furlong, 2nd of 3, 4 1/2l behind Exceedexpectations (9-7) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hacp 0-70 (5) pol.