Prince Of Passion showed a bit more last time which suggests a return to form is imminent while Maggie Pink has been in fine fettle of late and won two of her last three starts. The latter should be in the firing-line again but another chance is given to IOANNOU. A tad disappointing on his handicap bow having won over course and distance before that, Noel Quinlan's colt should find this easier. Course regular Piccolo Express is another with claims ahead of Ace Master and the frustrating Silver Wind.
Prince Of Passion (CAN) 8-1 (9-4) Led, ridden and headed well over 1f out, chased winner, no impression when weakened and lost 2 places inside final furlong, 4th of 9, 3 1/2l behind Captain Kendall (9-3) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-65 (6) pol.
Ioannou 4-1 (9-2) Held up in rear, headway on inside over 1f out, soon chasing leaders, kept on same pace, 5th of 9, 3 1/2l behind Bassett Road (9-7) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-65 (6) pol.
Maggie Pink 8-1 (8-13) Prominent, led 4f out, clear over 2f out, edged left inside final furlong, held on, won at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-62 (6) pol in Nov beating Monte Cassino (8-12) by 3/4l, 11 ran.
Piccolo Express 8-1 (8-11) Mid-division, headway over 1f out, ran on closing stages, never able to challenge, 4th of 10, 2 3/4l behind Spark Of Genius (9-2) at Wolverhampton 7f app hcp 0-65 (6) pol.
Silver Wind 2-1fav (9-5) Soon outpaced and behind, ridden 4f out, never dangerous, 8th of 10, 6l behind Ivestar (9-7) at Wolverhampton 6f sll hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Ace Master 9-1 (9-0) Tracked leader on outside, led narrowly 2f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, no impression in 3rd inside final furlong, 3rd of 6, 3 1/2l behind Miss Bunter (9-2) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-68 (6) pol.
Brown Volcano (IRE) 12-1 (9-4) Held up in rear, ridden 2f out, headway and switched right over 1f out, went 3rd inside final furlong, no impression on front pair, 3rd of 9, 4 1/2l behind Harvest Mist (8-10) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp (0-55) (6) pol.
Phils Wish (IRE) 13-8fav (9-3) Tracked leaders, ridden to chase winner 1f out, stayed on well, just held, 2nd of 9, nk behind Harvest Mist (8-10) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp (0-55) (6) pol.
The Jailer 66-1 (8-5) Pressed leader, ridden over 2f out, soon weakened, last of 10, 17l behind Lieutenant Dan (9-5) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp (0-55) (6) pol.