GOLDAN JESS has gone close on his last couple of starts over track and trip. Philip Kirby's charge found Stormy Morning too good when third on his latest start but had the measure of today's rival Dane Cottage and won't need to find much improvement to get his head in front in this. Party Palace also made the frame at this track earlier this month but over 1m6f and El Bravo could also get involved if lasting home as he scored over 1m4f here in December and this looks less competitive.
Jezza 14-1 (8-11) Led, headed over 5f out, weakened over 2f out, 5th of 6, 19l behind English Summer (9-8) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
El Bravo 5-1 (9-3) Tracked leader, led inside final 2f, ridden and headed 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 6th of 10, 3l behind Wom (9-7) at Lingfield 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Esteem 20-1 (8-13) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, stayed on same pace, almost got 2nd, no chance with winner, 3rd of 4, 14l behind Stand Guard (9-8) at Wolverhampton 1m 6f clm stks (6) pol.
Goldan Jess (IRE) 15-8fav (10-1) Tracked leaders, led over 3f out, ridden when headed over 1f out, no extra, 3rd of 12, 1 1/4l behind Stormy Morning (10-7) at Wolverhampton 2m am hcp 0-65 (6) pol.
Dane Cottage 66-1 (9-8) Started very slowly, behind, headway over 1f out, never nearer, 6th of 12, 8l behind Stormy Morning (10-7) at Wolverhampton 2m am hcp 0-65 (6) pol.
Postmaster 12-1 (9-0) In rear, ridden over 3f out, no impression, 10th of 16, 17l behind Hallings Overture (8-12) at Great Leighs 1m 2f hcp (6) pol in Aug '08.
Life Of Laughter (USA) 11-1 (8-10) Steadied start in rear, outpaced 4f out, 9th of 11, 14l behind El Bravo (8-11) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Dec.
Party Palace 66-1 (8-7) Tracked leaders, went 2nd over 3f out, led over 2f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, no extra and lost 2nd place towards finish, 3rd of 7, 1 1/2l behind Full Speed (9-7) at Wolverhampton 1m 6f hcp 0-65 (6) pol.
Poppy Gregg 50-1 (8-12) Held up towards rear, moderate headway on inside over 1f out, 6th of 13, 14l behind Coup De Grace (9-1) at Kempton 2m hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Kijivu 16-1 (8-8) Mid-division, ridden, weakened over 2f out, 13th of 15, 36l behind Ba Dreamflight (8-6) at Great Leighs 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (6) pol in Oct '08.
Share Option 50-1 (8-12) Slowly into stride, held up towards rear, some headway over 1f out, no impression, 7th of 12, 14l behind Pahente (9-9) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-68 (6) pol.
Merevale 9-2 (8-4) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, soon lost place, well held when rider dropped whip over 1f out, 8th of 10, 22l behind Speed Steed (8-9) at Wolverhampton 1m 6f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Arbeejay 100-1 (8-12) Chased leaders, lost place over 3f out, 6th of 7, 21l behind Sporting Gold (9-3) at Lingfield 1m 2f mdn auc stks (4-6yo) (6) pol.