MONTE MAJOR is taken to bounce back to form. Derek Shaw's gelding was poor last time for the inexperienced Thomas White but on his previous form for Jimmy Quinn and Sean Palmer, including three wins at the track this year, he should take some stopping. A return to Dunstall Park will suit Straboe, whilst Milton Bradley looks to have a strong hand with several competitive contenders. Towy Boy is 4lbs higher than his win here last time, whilst Ridley Didley and Tyrannosaurus Rex are both handicapped to strike. Recent winners Sharp Shoes and Wooden King are both considered, with the latter the biggest danger under just a solitary pound rise.
Prince James 4-1fav (8-10) Prominent, led 3f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, stayed on same pace, 2nd of 11, 4l behind Methaaly (8-12) at Wolverhampton 6f app hcp 0-70 (5) pol.
Towy Boy (IRE) 7-2fav (9-6) Tracked leaders, switched right over 1f out, ran on to lead well inside final furlong, won at Wolverhampton 5f hcp 0-60 (6) pol beating Wooden King (9-5) by 1l, 12 ran.
Cape Royal 11-2 (8-12) Tracked leader after 1f, ridden to lead over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, 4th of 9, 3 1/2l behind Stratton Banker (9-5) at Lingfield 5f hcp 0-70 (5) pol.
The Tatling (IRE) 16-1 (8-10) Held up mid-division, headway on inside over 1f out, led narrowly inside final furlong, headed post, 2nd of 12, shd behind Grudge (9-5) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp 0-70 (5) pol.
Straboe (USA) 22-1 (8-7) Raced in mid-division, pushed along halfway, soon weakened, 13th of 14, 9l behind Tislaam (9-0) at Pontefract 6f all hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Sep.
Monte Major (IRE) 14-1 (8-3) Mid-division on outside, lost place over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, last of 11, 16l behind Ajara (8-8) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Ridley Didley (IRE) 33-1 (8-11) Tracked leaders, ridden over 1f out, soon weakened, 9th of 11, 12l behind Sir Geoffrey (9-5) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Liberty Ship 8-1 (9-6) Chased leaders, went 2nd over 3f out, ridden over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 12, 8l behind Fashion Icon (8-8) at Catterick 5f hcp 0-65 (6) gs in Oct.
Wooden King (IRE) 3-1fav (9-5) Tracked leader, led over 1f out, soon ridden and strongly challenged, held on gamely, won at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-60 (6) pol beating Bollywood Style (9-3) by hd, 12 ran.
Steel City Boy (IRE) 28-1 (8-7) Behind, ridden over 1f out, never dangerous, last of 11, 16l behind Sir Geoffrey (9-5) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Sharp Shoes 10-1 (8-12) Chased leaders, led 3f out, ridden and edged left inside final furlong, held on close home, won at Nottingham 5f hcp 0-55 (6) hvy beating Accamelia (8-11) by nk, 16 ran.
Tyrannosaurus Rex (IRE) 14-1 (9-4) Raced wide, never better than mid-division, losing place when hung right on bend well over 2f out, soon behind, last of 13, 20l behind Mottley Crewe (9-3) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Oct.
Flaxen Lake 16-1 (9-5) Mid-division, ridden over 2f out, soon lost place, 11th of 12, 8l behind Towy Boy (9-6) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.