Frequency won over 7f here in November and is upped in class, but Woolfall Sovereign can go close again having won in similar company over C&D last time. There was little between Night Trade and Forever's Girl behind Dorback at this track last month, but Caldercruix had Restless Bay a couple of lengths behind when third here on his latest start. Alben Star should be noted on his belated return to action but, in a typically open all-weather sprint, the selection is EARLSMEDIC who finished ahead of Captain Scooby when going very close at Kempton last time.
Alben Star (IRE) 7-4fav (9-7) In touch, headway and edged left 2f out, chasing leaders when hampered over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 14, 7l behind Indian Ballad (8-12) at York 6f 2yo hcp (3) gs in Oct '10.
Street Power (USA) 9-2fav (9-4) Took keen hold towards rear on outside, ridden and struggling over 2f out, last of 12, 19l behind Tevez (8-12) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Apr.
Pick A Little 5-1 (9-0) In rear, outpaced halfway, 8th of 9, 6l behind Barons Spy (9-6) at Bath 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Aug.
Volcanic Dust (IRE) 8-1 (9-2) Held up in 5th, running on when nowhere to go inside final furlong until gap opened towards finish, finished well, unlucky, 4th of 7, 1 3/4l behind Diamond Charlie (9-5) at Kempton 5f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Dec.
Forever's Girl 8-1 (9-1) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, kept on one pace, 4th of 9, 2 3/4l behind Dorback (8-13) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Dec.
Woolfall Sovereign (IRE) 6-1 (8-12) Tracked leaders, ridden and every chance over 1f out, led inside final furlong, stayed on, won at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Dec beating Close To The Edge (9-2) by nk, 11 ran.
Frequency 11-2 (9-8) Slowly into stride, soon held up in mid-division, headway going well over 2f out, led over 1f out, ridden and edged right well inside final furlong, ran on, won at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Nov beating Ryedane (8-10) by 1l, 11 ran.
Restless Bay (IRE) 7-1 (9-2) Slowly into stride, in rear, ridden over 1f out, hung left inside final furlong, never nearer, 9th of 13, 3 1/2l behind Red Cape (9-2) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Dec.
Night Trade (IRE) 12-1 (9-2) In rear, pushed along over 2f out, ridden and headway over 1f out, stayed on to go 3rd near finish, not trouble leaders, 3rd of 9, 2 1/2l behind Dorback (8-13) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Dec.
Captain Scooby 14-1 (8-0) Towards rear, ridden over 2f out, soon outpaced, kept on final furlong, 4th of 8, 3 1/2l behind Even Stevens (9-7) at Southwell 5f hcp 0-95 (3) fbs.
Hotham 22-1 (8-12) Held up towards rear, ridden over 2f out, kept on from over 1f out, no impression, 4th of 10, 6l behind Katy's Secret (8-0) at Southwell 6f clm stks (6) fbs in Dec.
Caldercruix (USA) 11-2fav (9-1) Led, ridden 2f out, headed 1f out, lost 2nd post, 3rd of 13, 1 3/4l behind Red Cape (9-2) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Dec.
Earlsmedic 8-1 (8-8) Slowly into stride, outpaced towards rear, good headway on outside over 1f out, stayed on to 2nd final 100 yards, unable to reach winner, 2nd of 10, 3/4l behind Sugar Beet (9-5) at Kempton 5f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Dec.