EXKALIBER went close over track and trip last time and gets the token vote on that basis. Blue Noodles wasn't far behind the latter last week and may figure again but Chester Deelyte has a couple of lengths to find. Flow Chart also found only one too good on his latest start but that was over 7f at Kempton while Adaeze had been placed in a seller at this track before a poor effort last time. Athaakeel pops up at this level when he feels like it and could prove best of the rest.
Onceaponatime (IRE) 12-1 (9-4) Held up, ridden over 1f out, never on terms, 6th of 9, 10l behind Harvest Mist (8-10) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp (0-55) (6) pol in Jan.
Cadmium Loch 13-2 (10-4) Prominent, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 10th of 11, 16l behind Lord Buffhead (10-13) at Wolverhampton 6f am hcp 0-55 (6) pol in Jan.
Chester Deelyte (IRE) 11-2 (9-2) Held up, ridden and headway over 1f out, edged left inside final furlong, no extra close home, 4th of 10, 2 1/4l behind Steel City Boy (9-2) at Wolverhampton 6f Handicap (0-53) (4yo+) (6) pol in Jan.
Dear Ben 33-1 (8-2) Led, ridden and headed 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 10, 7l behind Chester Aristocrat (8-11) at Haydock 6f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Aug.
Exkaliber 3-1fav (9-2) Prominent early, tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, went 2nd well inside final furlong, ran on, 2nd of 10, nk behind Steel City Boy (9-2) at Wolverhampton 6f Handicap (0-53) (4yo+) (6) pol in Jan.
Athaakeel (IRE) 14-1 (9-4) Outpaced in rear, wide on home turn and headway well over 1f out, hung right and kept on same pace inside final furlong, never able to challenge, 6th of 10, 2 1/4l behind Artful Lady (9-6) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-52 (6) pol.
Adaeze (IRE) 6-1 (9-4) With leader, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 5th of 7, 8l behind Mr Optimistic (9-4) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-50 (7) pol in Jan.
Flow Chart (IRE) 25-1 (8-13) Chased leaders, led over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, headed and no extra final 100 yards, 2nd of 11, 1 1/4l behind Michael's Nook (9-5) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-50 (7) pol in Jan.
Fast Samurai (USA) 7-1 (8-12) Chased leader until ridden 2f out, weakened over 1f out, last of 8, 11l behind Spellmaker (9-1) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-52 (6) pol.
Blue Noodles 7-2 (9-12) Tracked leaders, effort over 1f out, kept on final furlong, 3rd of 11, 2 3/4l behind Lord Buffhead (10-13) at Wolverhampton 6f am hcp 0-55 (6) pol in Jan.
First Rebellion 14-1 (8-13) Chased leaders on outside, went 2nd over 2f out until over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 8th of 10, 5l behind Artful Lady (9-6) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-52 (6) pol.
Very First Blade 33-1 (9-3) Dwelt, held up mid-division, not much room over 1f out, ridden and no extra inside final furlong, 11th of 13, 8l behind Fleetwoodsands (9-7) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-50 (7) pol in Jan.
Bachelor Knight (IRE) 14-1 (9-12) Dwelt towards rear, ridden over 2f out, headway entering final furlong, nearest finish, 3rd of 9, 5l behind Hab Reeh (11-3) at Wolverhampton 6f am hcp 0-55 (6) pol in Jan.