Rarely is a horse rated as highly as ABBONDANZA seen in a seller and with Frankie Dettori booked to ride, this should be straight forward for Noel Wilson's charge who gets the vote from Ravi River, whilst Heroes and Tous Les Deux can fight it out for minor honours. Our selection was last seen behind Dunelight at Wolverhampton in a very good handicap, so whilst he was well held that day this is a monumental drop in class. The gelding wasn't beaten far over course and distance prior to that and, as he's rated 106, the horse has any amount in hand and should score as he likes. It will be a major upset if our selection is beaten, but Ravi River should run his usual solid race and that can see him home second. David Evans' charge has a bit to find with Heroes and Tous Les Deux at the weights but, unlike that pair, arrives here in good heart having won a couple of these in February. All the six-year-old's wins have come over seven furlongs but he gets the mile well enough to play a part. Heroes and Tous Les Deux are hard to separate and both have questions to answer at present. The former won a handicap over this trip in the summer but has disappointed since and might be better on turf, whilst contrastingly Tous Les Deux is a course and distance winner and that swings the balance in his favour. The Mumbo won a maiden here but hasn't gone on and has plenty to do here, as does Whisky Jack although Martin Dwyer is riding out of his skin at present and that helps. The rest look poor at best and that takes us back to Abbondanza who is a class above this lot and should show that with a facile victory.
Ravi River (IRE) 10-1 (9-6) Held up in rear, ridden over 2f out, switched right over 1f out, ran on inside final furlong, nearest finish, 4th of 8, 2 1/4l behind Cobo Bay (10-0) at Wolverhampton 7f clm stks (6) pol.
Abbondanza (IRE) 18-1 (9-3) Soon led, driven over 2f out, headed over 1f out, soon weakened, 10th of 11, 15l behind Dunelight (9-3) at Wolverhampton 7f Listed Stakes (4yo+) (1) pol.
Flight Wise 250-1 (9-11) Tracked leaders, ridden over 3f out, weakened over 2f out, 9th of 12, 29l behind Vulcanite (8-5) at Lingfield 1m 4f mdn stks (5) pol.
Heroes 11-1 (9-0) Held up in touch, ridden over 2f out, no impression, 6th of 8, 10l behind Mr Hichens (9-2) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Tous Les Deux 12-1 (8-8) Always in rear, 9th of 11, 13l behind Gaily Noble (9-4) at Lingfield 1m app hcp (0-85) (4yo+) (4) pol.
Whisky Jack 25-1 (8-12) Took keen hold, raced wide in touch, ridden and weakened 2f out, 6th of 7, 26l behind Lastkingofscotland (8-12) at Lingfield 1m sell stks (6) pol.
Kathleen Kennet 16-1 (8-9) Led until headed approaching 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 7th of 10, 9l behind Well Of Echoes (8-4) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f sell stks (6) pol in Feb.
The Mumbo 10-1 (8-4) In touch, pushed along on outside over 2f out, soon no response, 6th of 9, 15l behind Red Suede Shoes (8-13) at Kempton 1m 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Nov.