The betting suggested POINT NORTH would return to form last time and he duly did so when recording a cosy win over track and trip. He remains on a winning mark compared to his best form, despite an 8lb rise, and gets the nod. Valdaw and Climaxfortackle have been in winning form on the Polytrack this year but the handicapper may have caught up with them now while Restless Bay has plenty to find with the selection. Amethyst Dawn and Dark Lane are recent other recent course winners who may figure while Dickie Le Davoir showed signs of a resurgence here last week.
Diamondhead (IRE) 16-1 (9-1) Raced keenly, chased leader until 2f out, weakened over 1f out, last of 9, 19l behind Solar Deity (9-4) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Oct.
Point North (IRE) 7-2 (9-4) With leader, led over 2f out, kept on well inside final furlong, won at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-65 (6) pol beating Jawking (8-13) by 2 1/2l, 10 ran.
Tom Sawyer 13-2 (9-5) Tracked leaders, ridden halfway, weakened over 1f out, 10th of 11, 12l behind Another Citizen (9-2) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Nov.
Valdaw 3-1 (9-5) Keen tracked leaders, left in lead entering final 2f, ridden and headed inside final furlong, no extra, 4th of 8, 1 3/4l behind Lord Of The Dance (9-2) at Lingfield 7f hacp 0-70 (5) pol in Mar.
Climaxfortackle (IRE) 5-2 (9-5) Slowy away, headway halfway, soon chased winner, kept on, no chance with winner, 2nd of 5, 6l behind Mata Hari Blue (9-7) at Southwell 5f hcp 0-70 (5) fbs.
Amethyst Dawn (IRE) 5-1 (8-5) Chased leader, ridden to lead 1f out, ran on, won at Wolverhampton 6f fll hcp (0-75) (5) pol beating Song Of Parkes (9-0) by 1/2l, 8 ran.
Dark Lane 7-4 (9-2) Held up in touch in final pair, ridden over 1f out, kept on to go a never nearer 3rd inside final furlong, 3rd of 5, 5l behind Desert Strike (9-5) at Lingfield 6f clm stks (6) pol.
Restless Bay (IRE) 8-1 (10-2) In touch, ridden over 1f out, soon led, headed towards finish, kept on, 2nd of 12, 1 1/2l behind Magical Speedfit (10-1) at Wolverhampton 6f Amateur Handicap (0-75) (4yo+) (5) pol.
Dickie Le Davoir 20-1 (9-7) In rear, ridden over 2f out, ran on final furlong, not reach winner, 2nd of 8, 2l behind Invigilator (9-3) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-65 (6) pol.
Quality Art (USA) 8-1 (9-0) Dwelt led after 1f, ridden and headed over 1f out, weakened final furlong, last of 8, 16l behind Invigilator (9-3) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-65 (6) pol.
Reginald Claude 9-1 (8-6) Raced wide close up, ridden 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 11, 5l behind Colourbearer (9-1) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Mar.