ARCHIE STEVENS drops back to the minimum trip in a bid for his hat-trick. It shouldn't be problem as he usually sits just off the pace and an apprentice's claim negates a big part of a 6lb penalty. Golden Flower couldn't live with the selection at Wolverhampton on her handicap debut and she too is ridden by an apprentice this time around while Modern Lady is weighted to confirm earlier running with Layla's Oasis. Pixilated went close on his reappearance over C&D and should give another good account.
Archie Stevens 10-11fav (9-7) Tracked leader, led over 1f out, kept on well, won at Wolverhampton 6f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) pol beating Golden Flower (9-4) by 2 1/4l, 4 ran.
Layla's Oasis 9-2 (9-7) Steadied start soon switched left, held up in rear, ridden over 1f out, switch left and headway inside final furlong, driven and stayed on towards finish, never able to challenge, 4th of 7, 1l behind Mossgo (9-0) at Lingfield 5f 2yo hco 0-75 (5) pol in Dec.
Golden Flower 11-4 (9-4) Led and pulled hard, ridden and headed over 1f out, kept on, 2nd of 4, 2 1/4l behind Archie Stevens (9-7) at Wolverhampton 6f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Pixilated 14-1 (9-5) Led, pushed along over 1f out, headed last 100 yards, kept on, 2nd of 5, 3/4l behind Saga Lout (9-7) at Lingfield 5f 2yo hco 0-75 (5) pol in Dec.
Modern Lady 4-1 (8-11) Chased leading pair, driven over 2f out, kept on same pace under pressure final furlong, just held on for 3rd, 3rd of 5, 5l behind Ovett (9-7) at Kempton 5f 2yo hco 0-75 (5) pol in Dec.