Newport Arch beat the re-opposing Cloudy Start at Southwell last time but handles the Polytrack just as well, while Black Iceman registered a C&D double before a below par effort at Kempton last month. Holden Eagle was winning for the first time in 24 starts when successful in an apprentice race here a week ago, but it's difficult to see him following-up despite racing off the same mark and the vote goes the way of ROYAL ALCOR. He never got the chance to build on his earlier second over C&D as the saddle slipped on his latest start and Alastair Lidderdale's charge gets another chance to go one better here.
Hallstatt (IRE) 33-1 (9-2) Tracked leaders, ridden over 3f out, weakened over 2f out, 8th of 12, 21l behind Wild Desert (10-0) at Wolverhampton 2m hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Nov.
Reset City 3-1 (9-4) Mid-division, headway over 5f out, challenged 4f out, lost place over 2f out, weakening when hampered over 1f out, last of 10, 44l behind Baltimore Clipper (9-10) at Salisbury 1m 6f hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Jul.
Jamarjo (IRE) 6-1 (9-7) Held up towards rear, kept on final furlong, no impression, 5th of 10, 4l behind Sumani (9-1) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Feb.
Royal Alcor (IRE) 5-1 (8-12) Keen in touch in rear, saddle slipped 9f out, eased from 6f out, pulled up 4f out, in a race won by Country Road (9-7) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Feb, 7 ran.
Prince Freddie 25-1 (9-4) Pressed leader, led 4f out, ridden over 2f out, headed well over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 6th of 8, 10l behind Face Value (8-12) at Wolverhampton 1m 6f hacp 0-70 (5) pol in Feb.
Newport Arch 11-2 (9-0) Prominent, ridden and every chance from 2f out, led inside final furlong, won going away, won at Southwell 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) fbs in Feb beating Effervesce (9-6) by 1 1/4l, 8 ran.
Cloudy Start 12-1 (8-9) Dwelt, held up towards rear, headway on inner 2f out, faded inside final furlong, 7th of 10, 5l behind Sumani (9-1) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Feb.
Black Iceman 5-1 (9-1) Held up off the pace in 4th, closed to track leading pair 5f out, ridden 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 5th of 7, 12l behind Asterales (8-8) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Feb.
Holden Eagle 6-1 (8-13) Led, headed over 8f out, tracked leader, led again over 3f out, ridden over 1f out, soon edged right, kept on, won at Wolverhampton 1m 4f app hcp (0-55) (6) pol beating Corvette (8-10) by nk, 11 ran.
Yossi (IRE) 8-1 (8-4) Dwelt, soon tracked leaders, headway on outer 4f out, went 2nd over 3f out, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 11, 8l behind Holden Eagle (8-13) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f app hcp (0-55) (6) pol.
Delagoa Bay (IRE) 20-1 (8-11) Mid-division, weakened 2f out, 9th of 13, 15l behind Sylas Ings (9-2) at Kempton 1m 2f hcp 0-50 (7) pol in Feb.