Lovelace has every chance at the weights, but his losing run stretches back to May last year and he should have finished closer in similar company over a longer trip here last time. Autumn Blades is clear on official ratings, but ran a shocker on his first start for Ruth Carr and looks flattered by his mark, while Cootehill Lass gets a first-time visor having been a disappointing favourite on her return to Polytrack earlier this month. FAITHFUL RULER has returned to action in good heart, however, and needs only to run up to the form of his C&D victory at the start of the month to come out on top once again here.
Apache Ridge (IRE) 7-2fav (9-7) Always towards rear, 10th of 11, 13l behind Faithful Ruler (9-7) at Wolverhampton 7f sell stks (6) pol.
Faithful Ruler (USA) 4-1 (8-13) Held up in rear, good headway to track winner 2f out, soon ridden, no extra inside final furlong and lost 3 places, 5th of 9, 2 1/2l behind City Legend (8-8) at Lingfield 7f clm stks (6) pol.
Autumn Blades (IRE) 10-1 (8-12) Slowly into stride, soon chased leaders, ridden halfway, soon weakened, 13th of 14, 24l behind Jobe (9-2) at Southwell 7f clm stks (6) fbs.
Colonial Harry 12-1 (10-6) Tracked winner, led before 2nd, headed before 4 out, ridden and weakened before 3 out, 11th of 12, well behind Gross Prophet (11-5) at Chepstow 2m hcp hdl 0-95 (5) hvy.
Cootehill Lass (IRE) 15-8fav (8-7) Mid-division, headway over 2f out, never on terms, 4th of 11, 4 1/2l behind Daruband (9-5) at Lingfield 1m 3yo clm stks (6) pol.
Desert Auction (IRE) 17-2 (9-4) Slowly into stride, towards rear, pushed along over 3f out, ridden and headway over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 9, 11l behind Trojan Rocket (9-2) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-62 (6) pol.
Lovelace 10-1 (8-11) Went left start, chased winner 1f, chased leaders, went 3rd 2f out, stayed on same pace final furlong, 3rd of 8, 2l behind Standpoint (9-3) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f clm stks (6) pol.
One Way Or Another (AUS) 13-2 (8-8) Slowly into stride, took keen hold and soon chasing leaders on outside, every chance approaching final furlong, soon 2nd but no chance with winner, 2nd of 11, 1 3/4l behind Faithful Ruler (9-7) at Wolverhampton 7f sell stks (6) pol.
Square Of Gold (FR) 20-1 (8-6) Raced keenly, tracked leaders, driven and outpaced well over 2f out, soon rdden, lost place when edged right 2f out, weakened final furlong, last of 9, 29l behind Bidable (8-13) at Chepstow 1m hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Jul '10.
Thistimesforgood (IRE) 33-1 (8-3) Mid-division best, ridden and no extra 2f out, last of 14, 9l behind Liberty To Rock (9-3) at Dundalk 1m hcp 47-65 pol.
Bachelor Knight (IRE) 80-1 (9-0) Soon led, ridden and headed well over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 8th of 11, 7l behind Faithful Ruler (9-7) at Wolverhampton 7f sell stks (6) pol.
Deveze (IRE) 40-1 (8-2) Chased leaders on outside, weakened 2f out, 7th of 10, 7l behind Loves Theme (8-2) at Kempton 6f 3yo clm stks (6) pol in May.