MEDAL OF VALOUR was an easy winner of his maiden over a mile at Pontefract earlier this month. He has plenty of scope for improvement on his handicap debut and gets the vote ahead of the more exposed types. Haydock winner Gala Casino Star has claims on his best form but has yet to score on the all-weather, while Green Wadi was winning for only the second time when successful at Kempton recently and is back up in the weights. Barwick and Heatherbird have been running well without winning and the same comment applies to Birdolini, although the latter may do better over today's longer trip.
Gala Casino Star (IRE) 12-1 (9-7) Behind, headway on inside over 1f out, never reached leaders, 6th of 12, 4l behind Miss Blink (9-5) at Redcar 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Sep.
Understory (USA) 18-1 (9-6) Chased leading pair, wide straight, driven and weakened entering final 2f, 6th of 7, 19l behind Danderek (9-7) at Folkestone 1m 2f hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Sep.
Green Wadi 12-1 (9-8) Mid-division on outside, headway over 1f out, led inside final furlong, stayed on well, driven out, won at Kempton 1m 3f hcp 0-70 (5) pol beating Potentiale (9-9) by 1 1/4l, 13 ran.
Kiss A Prince 16-1 (9-1) Held up well in rear, never in contention, 7th of 10, 26l behind Hawridge King (9-3) at Salisbury 1m 6f hcp 0-75 (5) sft in Sep.
Hurricane Spirit (IRE) 25-1 (9-6) Dwelt held up, ridden and kept on final furlong, never nearer, 6th of 12, 4 1/2l behind Tarooq (9-3) at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Flag Of Glory 12-1 (9-4) Led after 1f, headed approaching 2f out, ridden over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 8th of 11, 7l behind Rustic Deacon (9-4) at Windsor 1m hcp 0-75 (5) gs in Jun.
Nibani (IRE) 20-1 (9-7) Steadied start, held up last, headway on inside over 1f out, went 3rd inside final furlong, stayed on close home, never quite able to challenge, 3rd of 7, 3/4l behind Avon River (9-6) at Kempton 1m 3f clm stks (6) pol.
Medal of Valour (JPN) 18-1 (9-3) With leader, led after 2f, pushed along over 3f out, ridden over 2f out, kept on well, won at Pontefract 1m 3yo mdn (5) gf beating Moonscape (9-3) by 3 1/2l, 6 ran.
Billion Dollar Kid 25-1 (9-7) Held up in mid-division, headway over 2f out, plugged on to modest 4th inside final furlong, 4th of 13, 6l behind Doncosaque (8-13) at Windsor 1m hcp 0-70 (5) gf.
Choral Festival 14-1 (9-6) Mid-division, headway over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, no extra close home, 4th of 15, 2l behind Countess Comet (9-7) at Windsor 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Addikt (IRE) 50-1 (9-5) Held up in rear, ridden over 2f out, never dangerous, 11th of 12, 22l behind Gritstone (9-7) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-70 (5) pol.
Heatherbird 12-1 (8-7) Resless in stalls, slowly away, held up in rear, headway to 3rd over 2f out, stayed on well closing stages, never quite able to challenge, 3rd of 8, 1 1/4l behind Shalloon (9-3) at Sandown 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Sep.
Barwick 8-1 (8-13) Held up last, headway on outside 2f out, kept on inside final furlong, never going pace to threaten, 5th of 8, 3 1/2l behind Lucky Legs (9-1) at Windsor 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gf.
Birdolini 11-1 (8-10) Held up towards rear, kept on final furlong, not able to reach leaders, 5th of 14, 2 1/4l behind Chokurei (9-2) at Nottingham 1m 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Sep.