More of these arrive in better form than those in the first division including Kheley, though her best efforts have been on Fibresand at Southwell. LILY WOOD landed a maiden by eight lengths over the C&D last month before a decent run over 7f at Kempton. She couldn't quite get to Almaty Express back here last time but this looks within her capabilities. Metropolitan Chief is in very good heart as he showed over the C&D recently. He looks certain to get involved as does Memphis Man, whose defeat a week ago by Young Simon could get a boost from the winner in the opener. Anything Serena Brotherton rides in these races has to be respected though her mount, Royal Box, hasn't won since July 2009.
Boy The Bell 16-1 (8-11) Mid-division, ridden over 2f out, soon weakened, last of 11, 13l behind Pilgrim Dancer (9-2) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Kheley (IRE) 9-4fav (8-7) Chased leaders in 3rd, ridden over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 3rd of 8, 4l behind Six Wives (8-13) at Southwell 5f hcp 0-70 (5) fbs.
Lily Wood 9-2 (9-0) Chased leaders, went 2nd over 1f out, stayed on, 2nd of 11, 1l behind Almaty Express (8-10) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp (0-55) (6) pol.
Lethal 16-1 (9-3) Prominent, every chance well over 2f out, soon ridden, weakened 1f out, 5th of 9, 14l behind Feet Of Fury (8-13) at Southwell 7f sll hcp 0-60 (6) fbs.
Royal Box 33-1 (8-3) Tracked leader, ridden and chance over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 9th of 12, 6l behind Dancing Welcome (9-5) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-65 (6) pol.
Commander Wish 8-1 (8-8) Soon towards rear, badly hampered and almost unseated rider just inside final 3f, not recover, 10th of 12, 20l behind Cheery Cat (8-12) at Wolverhampton 6f app hcp 0-52 (6) pol in Nov.
Metropolitan Chief 10-1 (9-2) Mid-division, headway over 2f out, ridden edged left and led 1f out, ran on inside final furlong, held on close home, won at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-50 (7) pol beating Black Baccara (9-2) by nk, 12 ran.
Strategic Mover (USA) 12-1 (8-11) Went left start, held up behind, ridden 2f out, never dangerous, 7th of 9, 9l behind West Leake (8-12) at Kempton 7f hcp (0-55) (6) pol.
Memphis Man 20-1 (9-0) Held up towards rear, headway under pressure over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, went 2nd towards finish, no chance with winner, 2nd of 10, 1l behind Young Simon (9-2) at Kempton 6f hcp (0-55) (6) pol.
Monsieur Harvey 8-1 (8-7) Tracked leaders, chased winner over 1f out, no extra and lost 2 places inside final furlong, 4th of 16, 3l behind Sharp Shoes (8-12) at Nottingham 5f hcp 0-55 (6) hvy in Nov.
Bold Bomber 33-1 (8-8) Dwelt, took keen hold in mid-division, headway on outside over 1f out, chased winner inside final furlong, no impression, lost 2nd close home, 3rd of 9, 1 1/2l behind Piccolo Express (9-3) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Captain Imperial (IRE) 11-1 (8-2) Tracked leader, ridden and every chance 2f out, weakened final furlong, 7th of 14, 8l behind Frontline Girl (9-6) at Ayr 7f hcp 0-65 (6) gd in Jul.
Stormburst (IRE) 66-1 (8-7) Chased leaders, ridden 2f out, no extra inside final furlong, last of 4, 6l behind Orpenindeed (9-0) at Wolverhampton 6f sell stks (6) pol.