Unbeaten in handicaps, Opera Baron has a made all on both occasions and steps up a grade off a 5lb higher mark for this. Triassic and Blacklister were both placed in handicaps last time though the former was still beaten a long way at Windsor and another chance goes to TOBOGGAN'S FIRE (NAP). She has to be forgiven a poor effort on fast going in a higher grade at Newcastle but won her maiden in soft ground at Beverley before that. Recognition also drops down a grade while Al Khafji and Class Honours go handicapping for the first time and may improve for it.
Class Honours (IRE) 33-1 (9-5) Raced centre, mid-division, headway to chase leaders over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 8th of 17, 16 1/4l behind Tabarrak (9-5) at Newbury 7f mdn stks (4) gs in Sep.
Albert Boy (IRE) 66-1 (9-5) With leader, ridden over 1f out, soon weakened, 5th of 9, 7 1/4l behind Return Of The Mak (9-5) at Redcar 7f mdn stks (5) gd in Oct.
Blacklister 8-1 (9-1) Midfield, headway over 2f out, chased leaders when hampered over 1f out, ran on inside final furlong, never reached winner, 2nd of 9, shd behind Rateel (8-13) at Chelmsford City 1m (5) pol in Oct.
Bag of Diamonds 14-1 (9-6) Held up towards rear, ridden over 2f out, stayed on inside final furlong, 4th of 13, 3 1/4l behind Miss Pimpernel (9-4) at Chelmsford City 1m (5) pol in Oct.
Toboggan's Fire 18-1 (8-2) Chased leader, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, last of 7, 12l behind Turn Tide (9-3) at Newcastle 1m (2) gd in Aug.
Triassic (IRE) 9-1 (8-7) Led, ridden and headed over 1f out, stayed on same pace and no chance with winner, 2nd of 8, 4 1/2l behind Start Time (9-7) at Windsor 1m (4) sft in Oct.
Opera Baron 11-4fav (9-5) Soon led, made rest, driven 2f out, ridden inside final furlong, held on, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f (6) pol in Oct beating Key On Kodiac (9-7) by 1/2l, 7 ran.
Recognition (IRE) 7-2fav (8-12) Held up in touch, headway 2f out, soon ridden, no extra inside final furlong, 4th of 7, 7 1/4l behind Cartago (9-10) at Yarmouth 1m (4) gf in Sep.
St Georges Cross 25-1 (9-5) Slowly into stride, held up, effort over 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 9th of 13, 6 1/2l behind Miss Pimpernel (9-4) at Chelmsford City 1m (5) pol in Oct.
Waneen (IRE) 80-1 (9-0) Held up in touch, chased leaders over 2f out, never a threat, 4th of 6, 7l behind It's The Ice (9-0) at Chester 1m mdn stks (4) gd in Sep.
Goldenfield (IRE) 12-1 (9-5) Slowly into stride, soon chasing leaders, ridden and outpaced over 2f out, plugged on final furlong, no chance with leading trio, 4th of 6, 5 1/2l behind Lorelina (9-0) at Epsom 7f mdn stks (5) gd in Jul.
Adherence 40-1 (9-5) Chased leaders, lost place 2f out, soon behind, 7th of 8, 17 3/4l behind Receding Waves (9-5) at Redcar 6f mdn stks (5) gf in Jun.
Nietzsche 20-1 (9-5) Slowly away, in rear, outpaced halfway, kept on, never near leaders, 7th of 11, 8 1/4l behind Danecase (9-5) at Nottingham 6f mdn stks (5) gf in Jul.
Defiant Choice 150-1 (9-0) Towards rear, ridden over 2f out, never on terms, 9th of 11, 16 3/4l behind Dal Harraild (9-0) at Haydock 1m mdn stks (5) gs in Sep.
Al Khafji 3-1fav (9-5) Slight lead, joined 2f out, headed over 1f out, lost 2nd inside final furlong, soon shaken up and no extra, 3rd of 10, 7 1/2l behind Abdon (9-5) at Newbury 1m mdn stks (4) sft in Aug.
Long Island 13-2 (8-13) Slowly into stride, soon in touch, headway chasing leaders 4f out, pushed along 3f out, ridden over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 4th of 6, 2 1/4l behind Secret Ambition (9-2) at Brighton 7f (5) sft in Oct.