Join Up and Eastward Ho carry penalties for winning their respective divisions of a handicap over C&D last week. The latter won in a faster time, but there's little else to separate them here and both should be thereabouts at the finish once again. Irish raider Waterloo Sunrise posted a better effort over C&D last month and is back for another crack, but Excellent Vision has a couple of lengths to find with Join Up on latest running. DANIEL THOMAS may be getting a bit long in the tooth, but a couple of recent placed efforts suggest he's still up to winning off his current mark and he gets the nod after getting caught close home at Lingfield last time.
Join Up 9-1 (8-9) Tracked leaders, headway on outer over 2f out, led well over 1f out, ridden and edged left inside final furlong, kept on, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp (6) pol beating Deslaya (8-12) by 1 3/4l, 11 ran.
Eastward Ho 5-1 (8-11) Tracked leader, led over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on well, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp (6) pol beating Look For Love (8-0) by 1 3/4l, 10 ran.
Final Tune (IRE) 14-1 (8-7) Towards rear, ridden 3f out, never on terms, 8th of 9, 13l behind Yourinthewill (9-5) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp (0-65) (6) pol.
Sumbe (USA) 18-1 (9-5) Mid-division, ridden over 1f out, one pace, 7th of 16, 7l behind Croeso Mawr (8-11) at Yarmouth 1m hcp 0-60 (6) gd in Oct.
Waterloo Sunrise (IRE) 10-1 (9-2) Held up in touch, ridden over 2f out, went 3rd well inside final furlong, stayed on, 3rd of 13, 2 1/2l behind Miss Villefranche (9-0) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Nov.
Excellent Vision 5-1 (9-1) Held up towards rear, headway over 2f out, ridden and kept on inside final furlong, 3rd of 11, 2l behind Join Up (8-9) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp (6) pol.
Amazing Win (IRE) 16-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders, went 2nd 2f out, stayed on, no impression on winner, 2nd of 10, 2 3/4l behind Peace Seeker (9-0) at Kempton 6f stks 0-55 (6) pol.
Bint Elnadim (IRE) 5-1 (8-12) Chased leaders, driven and outpaced over 2f out, ridden to chase leading pair inside final 2f, kept on same pace, no impression when lost 3rd well inside final furlong, 4th of 9, 5l behind Bird Dog (8-10) at Southwell 6f mdn auc stks (6) fbs.
Karate (IRE) 7-1 (8-12) Prominent, weakened 2f out, 8th of 13, 7l behind Rio Royale (9-0) at Lingfield 7f app hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Oct.
William Morgan (IRE) 28-1 (9-7) Tracked leaders, lost place over 3f out, soon behind, last of 11, 36l behind Honourable Knight (9-2) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Daniel Thomas (IRE) 25-1 (8-13) Mid-division, headway on outer over 4f out, led over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, headed and lost 2 places final strides, 3rd of 14, 3/4l behind Shirataki (8-8) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp 0-52 (6) pol.
Jibouti (IRE) 5-1 (8-10) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 9th of 13, 10l behind Barton Bounty (9-0) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp (6) pol in Nov.
Kalahaag (IRE) 7-2 (7-12) Chased leaders in 4th, outpaced over 4f out, never on terms, weakened over 2f out, 6th of 9, 26l behind West End Lad (9-7) at Southwell 1m 3f clm stks (6) fbs.