Alan McCabe's string is going well and his SILVER WIND ran well in a non-seller over C&D last month. A pound lower today and with Robert Winston taking over the reins, the gelding looks poised to end a winless run that stretches back to November 2011. Veteran Sir Nod, Hinton Admiral, Whipphound and Replicator are also previous C&D winners and the first three named would go close in this on their best form while top weight Ivestar won handicaps at Catterick and Kempton in the autumn and takes a drop in class here. Imjin River has also been keeping slightly better company and looks the pick of the remainder.
Ivestar (IRE) 12-1 (8-1) Mid-division, headway on inside over 2f out, chased leaders over 1f outm never able to challenge, 6th of 11, 5l behind Hamoody (9-7) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Dec.
Sir Nod 20-1 (9-2) Dwelt, held up in rear, headway on inside over 1f out, soon no impression, 5th of 9, 4l behind Belle Bayardo (9-3) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Dec.
Hinton Admiral 14-1 (9-5) Raced keenly, in touch on outside, ridden 2f out, kept on same pace, weakened final furlong, last of 7, 7l behind Basle (9-3) at Wolverhampton 7f sll hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Silver Wind 5-1 (9-1) Ridden leaving stalls, tracked leaders, edged left and stayed on same pace well inside final furlong, 4th of 10, 2 1/2l behind Methaaly (8-10) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Dec.
Whipphound 10-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders, ridden over 1f out, one pace final furlong, 5th of 10, 6l behind Methaaly (8-10) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Dec.
Imjin River (IRE) 16-1 (9-0) Prominent, stayed on same pace final furlong, 5th of 11, 2l behind Invigilator (9-6) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Dec.
Gypsy Rider 11-2 (9-2) Led until halfway, rallied over 1f out, soon weakened, 10th of 13, 8l behind Mey Blossom (9-2) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp (6) pol in Nov.
Spoof Master (IRE) 25-1 (8-4) Dwelt, always behind, 8th of 9, 6l behind Johnny Splash (8-4) at Lingfield 5f sll hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Replicator 25-1 (9-1) Raced wide held up, ridden halfway, weakened over 1f out, 6th of 9, 4l behind Lord Buffhead (9-7) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp 0-52 (6) pol in Dec.
Adaeze (IRE) 33-1 (8-12) Led, strongly challenged over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, soon bumped, kept on, 4th of 11, 3 1/2l behind Temple Road (9-13) at Lingfield 6f hcp (6) pol in Dec.