Lord Buffhead won over C&D on his penultimate start beating Chateau Lola and Deveze. The former was engaged to run at Lingfield yesterday but should figure if taking part while Sophie's Beau is not without a chance in this less competitive contest. NAFA posted a better effort when third over track and trip last time and must go close with a repeat. He gets the speculative vote with the remainder hard to fancy in a poor sprint.
Lord Buffhead 15-2 (9-0) Slowly into stride, soon pushed along towards rear, stayed on inside final furlong, never nearer, 7th of 11, 4 1/2l behind Invigilator (9-6) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Dec.
Nafa (IRE) 15-2 (8-13) Prominent, hard driven to challenge well over 1f out, soon one pace, 3rd of 11, 1l behind Ballarina (9-0) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp (6) pol in Nov.
Chateau Lola 16-1 (8-13) Dwelt, chased leaders, ridden and switched right inside final furlong, kept on, 4th of 12, 4 1/2l behind Sunrise Dance (9-4) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Dec.
Hab Reeh 8-1 (8-11) Led, clear over 3f out, headed entering final furlong, no extra, 8th of 10, 10l behind Methaaly (8-10) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Dec.
The Jailer 16-1 (8-4) Prominent on outside, weakened 1f out, 9th of 14, 14l behind Amber Heights (9-0) at Bath 6f app hcp 0-60 (6) fm in Sep.
Prigsnov Dancer (IRE) 40-1 (8-6) Prominent, ridden over 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 10th of 11, 7l behind Invigilator (9-6) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Dec.
Sophie's Beau (USA) 14-1 (8-2) Raced wide towards rear, ridden halfway, no impression, 7th of 8, 3 1/2l behind M J Woodward (9-4) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp 0-62 (6) pol in Dec.
Deveze (IRE) 10-1 (9-1) Dwelt towards rear, ridden over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, nearest finish, 4th of 9, 1 3/4l behind Lord Buffhead (9-7) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp 0-52 (6) pol in Dec.
Miserere Mei (IRE) 16-1 (9-1) Towards rear, ridden and headway 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 9, 8l behind Monumental Man (9-13) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp 0-52 (6) pol in Dec.