Greyfriarschorista won a couple of sellers early last year and is returning from a lengthy absence while this looks a more difficult task for recent claiming winner Light From Mars. Summerinthecity had Smalljohn behind when runner-up here last week and On The Hoof beat subsequent winner and today's rival Silverware over a longer trip in December. ATLANTIS CROSSING ran well once again on his latest start having scored at Kempton before that and the top weight gets the nod in a wide open handicap.
Atlantis Crossing (IRE) 4-1 (8-9) Held up in rear, headway over 1f out, soon ridden, ran on inside final furlong, no chance with winner, 2nd of 8, 1 1/2l behind Kung Hei Fat Choy (9-0) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Greyfriarschorista 11-8fav (10-0) Made all, clear 3f out, went further ahead 2f out, ridden out, never looked like being caught, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f sell stks (6) pol in Apr beating Unlimited (9-9) by 1 1/4l, 8 ran.
Silverware (USA) 4-1 (9-7) Soon led, ridden and hung left over 1f out, ran on well, won at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Dec beating Azrael (8-11) by 1 1/2l, 11 ran.
Chookie Avon 8-1 (9-6) Led early, mid-division, ridden and headway entering final furlong, nearest finsh, 4th of 11, 4 1/2l behind Corporal Maddox (9-6) at Lingfield 7f clm stks (6) pol in Nov.
Light From Mars 85-40 (8-12) Always prominent, driven to challenge over 2f out, every chance inside final furlong, stayed on under pressure to lead close home, won at Wolverhampton 7f clm stks (6) pol in Dec beating Majuro (9-3) by ns, 6 ran.
Irish Heartbeat (IRE) 17-2 (9-3) Held up behind, ridden over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, never dangerous, 6th of 12, 3 1/2l behind Profile Star (9-4) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Frequency 6-1 (9-7) Held up towards rear, headway on inner over 3f out, chased winner 2f out, ridden 1f out, one pace, 3rd of 7, 6l behind Polar Kite (8-13) at Kempton 7f clm stks (5) pol in Dec.
On The Hoof Evensfav (9-6) Slowly into stride, soon in touch, chased winner 3f out to over 2f out, ridden and one pace final 2f, 4th of 9, 5l behind Beautiful Day (9-6) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Smalljohn 14-1 (9-7) Took keen hold, chased leaders on inside, went 2nd 2f out until ridden 1f out, stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 4th of 9, 1 1/4l behind Toga Tiger (9-2) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Summerinthecity (IRE) 14-1 (9-5) Held up in mid-division, headway on inside 2f out, went 2nd 1f out, ridden to lead well inside final furlong, headed final strides, 2nd of 9, hd behind Toga Tiger (9-2) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Creek Falcon (IRE) 4-1fav (9-8) Rear of mid-division on outer, ridden entering straight, no impression, 9th of 14, 7l behind Paene Magnus (9-11) at Dundalk 1m Apprentice Handicap (55-70) pol in Oct.
Cyflymder (IRE) 10-1 (9-6) Led, hung right and headed over 1f out, soon weakened, 5th of 8, 2 1/2l behind Al's Memory (9-4) at Lingfield 7f hacp 0-70 (5) pol.