A few of these are renewing old rivalries. Epsom Salts is in fine form and scored over C&D last month with Wild Desert only a length behind. The latter has since finished even closer at Wolverhampton with Nezhenka and Ascendant in close attendance but, in a wide-open affair, the vote goes to WHERE'S SUSIE. She's been running well over 1m4f of late and had First Avenue a couple of places behind when second here last time. Michael Madgewick's C&D winner is taken to find a bit more improvement back over today's longer trip, while Dark Ranger and Kahfre are others to consider.
Wild Desert (FR) 9-4fav (9-12) Tracked leaders, pushed along and every chance 1f out, ridden to lead inside final furlong, headed towards finish, 3rd of 7, 3/4l behind Rosewood Lad (8-13) at Wolverhampton 2m hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Ascendant 10-1 (9-11) Held up mid-division, ridden and headway over 2f out, kept on same pace, 5th of 7, 4 1/2l behind Rosewood Lad (8-13) at Wolverhampton 2m hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Nezhenka 7-1 (9-9) Held up towards rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, staying on when not much room inside final furlong, soon switched right, kept on towards finish, 4th of 7, 2l behind Rosewood Lad (8-13) at Wolverhampton 2m hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Where's Susie 8-1 (9-2) Held up in last trio, headway over 2f out, chased leaders over 1f out, stayed on to 2nd final 110 yards, not pace of winner, 2nd of 12, 1l behind All The Winds (9-0) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Dec.
Epsom Salts 9-2 (9-7) Tracked leader, effort over 3f out, ridden over 2f out, no impression until ran on inside final furong to lead final 50 yards, won at Kempton 2m hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Dec beating Wild Desert (10-6) by 1l, 6 ran.
First Avenue 8-1 (9-1) Held up in last trio, headway on inside over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, one pace closing stages, 4th of 12, 2l behind All The Winds (9-0) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Dec.
Chookie Hamilton 12-1 (9-3) Tracked leader, led 3f out, ridden and headed 2f out, chased winner, no impression final furlong, 2nd of 6, 4l behind Sphinx (8-13) at Ayr 1m 7f hcp (4) hvy in Oct.
Dark Ranger 4-1 (9-0) Held up in last, headway on inside over 3f out, challenged over 2f out, led over 1f out, brushed by winner when headed inside final furlong, held close home, 2nd of 8, 1/2l behind Right Stuff (10-0) at Kempton 2m hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Dec.
Kahfre 7-1 (9-1) Tracked leader, ridden over 2f out, led approaching 1f out, ridden and ran on, won at Lingfield 2m hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Mar beating Mohanad (9-2) by 1 1/4l, 6 ran.
Quinsman 5-1 (9-2) Held up, ridden 4f out, soon outpaced, 7th of 8, 34l behind Right Stuff (10-0) at Kempton 2m hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Dec.
Perfect Shot (IRE) 16-1 (9-5) Held up in last pair, pushed along and struggling 4f out, never on terms, 7th of 8, 9l behind The Holyman (9-2) at Lingfield 1m 4f hacp 0-70 (5) pol.