Strong Vigilance is 11lb lower than when successful over C&D just under a year ago but has hardly picked his feet up since. Warden Bond is in a rich vein of form, however, and chasing a C&D hat-trick this afternoon. Kyle Of Bute will have needed his run here three weeks ago and will strip fitter today but Aviso is probably just in the handicapper's grip now and Master Of Song has been a little below par lately. Harrys Yer Man needs to step up if he's to figure in this grade but that's not the case with VANILLA RUM, who was taking on better opposition here last time. John Mackie's charge was far from disgraced and, possibly still on a decent mark, gets the nod.
Kyle of Bute 16-1 (9-7) Prominent, ridden over 2f out, weakened entering final furlong, 11th of 13, 10l behind Valley Tiger (8-12) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Jan.
Aviso (GER) 11-1 (8-9) Held up, headway 2f out, ridden and ran on final furlong, not reach leaders, 3rd of 12, 2 1/2l behind Casual Mover (9-6) at Lingfield 1m 2f hacp 0-70 (5) pol.
Royal Etiquette (IRE) 11-1 (9-1) Held up in last pair, headway on wide outside over 1f out, driven and stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 4th of 7, 3/4l behind Broughtons Swinger (8-12) at Windsor 1m 2f hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Jun.
Nolecce 16-1 (8-10) In touch, pushed along over 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 7th of 9, 24l behind Tricksofthetrade (9-6) at Southwell 1m 4f hacp 0-70 (5) fbs.
Strong Vigilance (IRE) 4-1 (9-0) Chased leaders, hard ridden 4f out, led over 2f out, soon headed and weakened, 10th of 12, 24l behind Trip Switch (9-4) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Jan.
Vanilla Rum 4-1 (8-7) Waited with in mid-division, ridden and not much room over 1f out, not trouble leaders, 7th of 9, 4 1/2l behind Dubai Bounty (9-7) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Jan.
Master Of Song 11-4 (9-4) Awkwardly away, soon in touch, challenged over 4f out, ridden and lost place over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 8th of 9, 30l behind Magic Millie (8-2) at Southwell 1m 3f hcp 0-65 (6) fbs in Jan.
Warden Bond 9-2 (9-1) Chased leaders in close 4th, went 3rd 2f out, in narrow lead last half furlong, held on close home, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp (0-55) (6) pol beating Valley Tiger (9-8) by nk, 11 ran.
Merrjanah 11-2 (10-4) Held up off the pace in 6th, headway between horses over 1f out, went 3rd approaching final furlong, no impression on leading duo, 3rd of 8, 2 1/2l behind Marksbury (10-4) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f am hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Harrys Yer Man 7-2 (10-13) Mid-division, headway over 3f out, kept on from over 1f out, 5th of 14, 7l behind Mustajed (10-7) at Southwell 1m 3f am hcp 0-52 (6) fbs.
Aegean King 20-1 (9-8) Held up never dangerous, 8th of 14, 20l behind Danceintothelight (8-8) at Catterick 1m 6f hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Sep '10.