Bang Tidy opened his account over C&D last time with Sir Bruno a length behind and this doesn't look much tougher despite a 4lb rise. Spark Of Genius landed a lowly maiden here on her latest start and is open to further progress but Lucky Mark failed to follow-up a win at Lingfield when only sixth at the same track last time. Tidal's Baby has only won a maiden so far and preference goes to PICCOLO EXPRESS as he's scored three times over C&D and is now back on a winning mark.
Hellbender (IRE) 50-1 (9-0) Always behind, 11th of 13, 25l behind Outpost (9-7) at Southwell 1m hcp 0-75 (5) fbs in Oct.
Sir Bruno (FR) 8-1 (9-5) In touch, headway over 2f out, ridden to lead over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, 3rd of 11, 1l behind Bang Tidy (8-8) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Dec.
Unlimited 33-1 (8-5) Slowly away, always behind, last of 11, 17l behind Silverware (9-7) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Dec.
Tidal's Baby 9-1 (9-7) Slowly into stride, took keen hold, held up towards rear, headway on inside 2f out, stayed on same pace in 4th over 1f out, 4th of 12, 6l behind Mr Knightley (9-6) at Kempton 7f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Dec.
Upper Lambourn (IRE) 66-1 (9-6) Dwelt towards rear, ridden over 2f out, never a factor, 9th of 10, 17l behind Lastkingofscotland (9-5) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Dec.
Spark Of Genius 8-13fav (8-12) Made all, quickened clear over 1f out, eased inside final furlong, comfortably, won at Wolverhampton 7f mdn stks (5) pol in Dec beating Infortual (8-12) by 8l, 8 ran.
Lucky Mark (IRE) 5-2 (9-2) Not much room start, chased leaders, ridden and every chance over 1f out until inside final furlong, no extra final 120 yards, 6th of 12, 3 1/2l behind Patavium Prince (8-13) at Lingfield 7f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Dec.
Piccolo Express 12-1 (9-0) Held up, not clear run from over 2f out, ridden and stayed on to go 3rd near finish, 3rd of 9, 1 3/4l behind Strong Man (9-5) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Dec.
Bang Tidy (IRE) 16-1 (8-8) Held up, headway 2f out, soon every chance, ridden to lead inside final furlong, won at Wolverhampton 7f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Dec beating See The Storm (8-11) by 1/2l, 11 ran.
Mataajir (USA) 15-2 (9-0) In touch, lost place 2f out, 10th of 11, 6l behind Outlaw Torn (9-2) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Dec.