A difficult race to unravel as most of the principals have been taking each other on in similar contests. Berlusca just got the better of Excellent Puck with Off The Pulse further behind over track and trip last time. The former had earlier been beaten by Modernism, who in turn finished behind Rakaan, when the latter was fifth at Lingfield last week. High Time Too was a length behind runner-up LEGENDARY at the same track last month and it's Ed Vaughan's charge that gets the vote in a tight contest as he tries this longer trip for this first time. Doldrums has shown little in handicaps so far and Fly Solo would prefer a greater test of stamina.
Rakaan (IRE) 14-1 (9-7) Held up towards rear, headway on outside over 3f out, soon chased leaders, ridden and effort over 1f out, every chance inside final furlong, held near finish, 5th of 10, 1 3/4l behind Cayuga (9-4) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Legendary 5-1 (9-5) Led after 1f, strongly challenged over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, kept on same pace, 2nd of 9, 3/4l behind Scottish Glen (9-2) at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Dec.
Berlusca (IRE) 12-1 (8-13) Tracked leaders, ridden 2f out, went 2nd over 1f out, led narrowly inside final furlong, kept on, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Dec beating Excellent Puck (8-10) by 3/4l, 11 ran.
Off The Pulse 9-2 (9-4) Mid-division, effort on outside over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, never reached leaders, 4th of 11, 4 1/2l behind Berlusca (8-13) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Dec.
Modernism 4-1 (9-2) Soon led, headed over 6f out, tracked leader, outpaced over 2f out, stayed on to challenge 1f out, no extra when not much room and lost place final 100 yards, 6th of 10, 5l behind Cayuga (9-4) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Excellent Puck (IRE) 7-1 (8-10) Tracked leaders on outside, ridden to lead over 2f out, headed narrowly inside final furlong, kept on, held towards finish, 2nd of 11, 3/4l behind Berlusca (8-13) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Dec.
Palus San Marco (IRE) 15-2 (9-7) Difficult to load, mid-division, headway over 4f out, led 2f out, edged left from over 1f out, headed well inside final furlong, stayed on, 2nd of 10, 1/2l behind Gabrial's King (8-13) at Newbury 1m 4f app hcp (5) gf in May.
High Time Too (IRE) 8-1 (8-12) Mid-division, headway over 1f out, ran on, never nearer, 5th of 9, 1 1/2l behind Scottish Glen (9-2) at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Dec.
Aglaophonos 6-1 (9-4) Dwelt, tracked leaders, ridden 2f out, stayed on final furlong, 4th of 11, 1 3/4l behind Johnno (9-6) at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Oct.
Doldrums (USA) 7-4fav (9-6) Tracked leaders, driven over 3f out, bumped over 2f out, soon outpaced, 4th of 6, 11l behind Royal Alcor (9-5) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Fly Solo 5-1 (9-7) Tracked leaders, progress from 3f out, led just inside 2f out, soon edged left and headed, stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 2nd of 6, 4 1/2l behind Royal Alcor (9-5) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.