English Summer usually finds at least one too good and should have a much better strike rate and Laser Blazer makes more appeal dropping back to today's trip. Strike Force has been in good form at the track of late and could be in the mix along with Rowan Ridge but THE WONGA COUP makes most appeal. He's won three times since August, including at Kempton last time, and with Jake Payne's claim negating a 4lb rise for that victory he gets the nod in this ahead of the unpredictable Foxhaven.
English Summer 9-2 (9-5) Dwelt towards rear, headway over 2f out, ridden to chase winner over 1f out, no impression, 2nd of 12, 2l behind De Rigueur (9-2) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Foxhaven 16-1 (9-4) Led, headed over 7f out, led again 3f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 5th of 10, 4l behind Super Say (9-4) at Lingfield 1m 2f clm stks (6) pol.
Strike Force 14-1 (9-6) In touch, lost place over 3f out, soon switched to outer, ridden and ran on strongly final furlong, not quite reach winner, 2nd of 14, shd behind Thecornishcowboy (9-5) at Lingfield 1m 4f hcp (0-65) (6) pol.
Rowan Ridge 8-1 (11-7) Held up towards rear, ridden well over 2f out, kept on inside final furlong, never going pace to get involved, 5th of 12, 7l behind Swift Blade (11-5) at Goodwood 1m 3f am hcp (0-70) (4yo+) (5) gd in Sep.
Laser Blazer 10-1 (9-8) Led after 1f, headed over 7f out, led again over 3f out, headed and hampered entering final 3f, plugged on, no chance with leading pair, 3rd of 11, 18l behind Mutual Regard (9-3) at Wolverhampton 1m 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Nov.
Shalambar (IRE) 20-1 (9-6) Dwelt, towards rear, weakened over 2f out, 8th of 9, 14l behind Daffydowndilly (9-4) at Kempton 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Nov.
The Wonga Coup (IRE) 5-2fav (9-4) Held up mid-division, ridden and headway over 1f out, kept on to take 2nd towards finish, won at Kempton 1m 2f hcp 0-60 (6) pol beating Barachiel (9-0) by hd, 12 ran.
Diddums 25-1 (8-0) Slowly away in rear, never on terms, 7th of 9, 9l behind Bertie Blu Boy (8-7) at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Final Delivery 50-1 (7-12) Very slowly away, outpaced in rear over 2f out, kept on final furlong, 5th of 9, 7l behind Daffydowndilly (9-4) at Kempton 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Nov.