SNOWBERRY HILL was given a good ride on Saturday (and the second home a poor ride it must be said) and he still looks capable of winning off this current mark of 55. Lucinda Featherstone's gelding seemed to gel with Keiren Fallon when winning here at the weekend and he was value for more than the winning distance as he idled late on and drifted across the track. Whilst in this form he is quickly turned out and with Fallon on board again he looks worth siding with in a contest that lacks strong opposition. Bernabau is a course winner but he still has stamina to prove over this trip, Swords is a reliable sort but hasn't won for a while and despite the booking of Seb Sanders he is opposed, as is Dontpaytheferryman who is winless in 14 starts on the flat and looks a better hurdler. The step back up in trip will suit Thorny Mandate, Bute Street is not really bred to appreciate this huge step up in trip, whilst Debdene Bank is consistent if unspectacular. Little Carmela comes here on the back of a solid effort at Yarmouth and along with the visored-for-the-first-time Alvee needs respect, however it is Snowberry Hill where we can find our thrill.
Little Carmela 10-1 (9-12) In touch, pushed along 4f out, switched right to chase winner 2f out, no impression over 1f out, 2nd of 11, 4 1/2l behind Lady Hestia (9-8) at Yarmouth 1m 6f hcp 0-60 (6) gf in Aug.
Alvee (IRE) 16-1 (9-7) Held up towards rear, headway 3f out, chased leaders over 2f out soon weakened, 7th of 11, 9l behind Saborido (8-11) at Warwick 1m 7f hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Aug.
Dark Energy 11-2 (9-5) Held up, headway 5f out, ridden and weakened 2f out, 8th of 10, 19l behind Tiger Tee (8-5) at Wolverhampton 2m app hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Aug.
Debdene Bank (IRE) 6-1 (9-7) Mid-division, headway over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, edged left, stayed on inside final furlong, not troubled front pair, 3rd of 11, 1 3/4l behind Sotik Star (9-7) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Aug.
Annambo 4-1 (9-5) Mid-division, raced freely, headway and switched right over 1f out, ran on well inside final furlong, not reached winner, 2nd of 10, 3/4l behind Our Kes (9-4) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Leyte Gulf (USA) 5-1 (9-8) Mid-division, driven over 3f out, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 9th of 13, 34l behind Unawatuna (9-0) at Ripon 2m hcp 0-65 (6) gs.
Bernabeu (IRE) 10-1 (9-7) Led early, tracked leaders, ridden over 1f out, one pace, 5th of 10, 4 1/2l behind New England (9-12) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f sell stks (6) pol in Aug.
Snowberry Hill (USA) 7-2 (9-6) Chased leaders, improved 5f out, led 3f out, soon clear, edged right from over 1f out, stayed on, won at Wolverhampton 2m hcp 0-60 (6) pol beating Follow The Dream (9-12) by 1 1/4l, 11 ran.
Swords 9-2 (8-11) Led over 1f, tracked leader until over 4f out, kept on same pace from over 1f out, 4th of 10, 3 1/2l behind Our Kes (9-4) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Dontpaytheferryman (USA) 7-2 (8-12) In touch, driven and outpaced 3f out, ridden and stayed on final furlong, never troubled leaders, 3rd of 14, 6l behind Oddsmaker (8-10) at Musselburgh 1m 4f hcp 0-65 (6) sft in Aug.
Good Effect (USA) 12-1 (8-9) Close up, ridden 4f out, effort entering final furlong, kept on same pace, 4th of 9, 2l behind Sand Repeal (9-4) at Folkestone 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) gf in Jun.
Thorny Mandate 10-1 (9-2) Held up towards rear, hampered just over 2f out, edged left entering final furlong, never dangerous, 8th of 10, 6l behind Our Kes (9-4) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Bute Street 100-1 (8-11) Reared start, behind until kept on from over 1f out, never nearer, 7th of 13, 12l behind Valid Point (9-1) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp (6) pol.