PROVOST gets the vote to land division two of the 7f handicap at the expense of Guildenstern and Cottonfields. While his recent course and distance win came as a surprise to many Provost had actually won on his previous visit to the track, so clearly Dunstall Park brings out the best in him. He's up 4lbs and down two furlongs in trip but the way he travelled when beating The City Kid, who runs in the opener, suggests the horse can win over seven as he did at Ayr in 2008. Guildenstern finished second to Crocodile Bay when last seen but can reverse the form thanks to a 6lb pull, in the process running a big race although he's yet to win at this track. Richard Guest's Crocodile Bay has disappointed twice since so arrives with something to prove and it'd therefore be no surprise were Bold Diva, sixth in the same race, to reverse the form too. She's considered, but the lightly-raced Cottonfields may be more of a threat if coping with this drop in trip which his pedigree suggests he should. The grey is 3lbs higher than when second last time but is unexposed and Eddie Ahern returns for the ride. Glenridding returns to the polytrack in better form than when last seen here and can't be ruled out, Chjimes is a Lingfield specialist who barely gets seven while Know No Fear is another doubtful stayer, so the way looks clear for Provost to go in again.
Chjimes (IRE) 7-4fav (9-10) Tracked leaders in 3rd, ridden inside final furlong, no extra towards finish, 3rd of 7, 1 3/4l behind Triskaidekaphobia (9-5) at Wolverhampton 5f sell stks (6) pol in Jun.
Glenridding 8-1 (10-0) Soon led, ridden clear over 2f out, headed inside final furlong, lost 2nd post, 3rd of 13, 3l behind Gemma's Delight (8-3) at Chester 7f hcp 0-70 (5) gf.
Crocodile Bay (IRE) 7-2fav (9-12) Raced wide in touch, ridden 3f out, weakened 2f out, 6th of 9, 15l behind Only A Splash (9-0) at Ayr 1m hcp 0-65 (6) sft.
Trade Centre 9-2 (9-8) Tracked winner until ridden 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 7th of 12, 9l behind One Scoop Or Two (9-5) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f sell stks (6) pol.
Cottonfields (USA) 5-1 (9-7) Tracked leaders, ridden 2f out, every chance inside final furlond, kept on, 2nd of 9, 1l behind Dabbers Ridge (9-9) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Provost 18-1 (9-9) Slowly into stride, held up in rear, headway on outer over 1f out, kept on to lead post, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Jun beating The City Kid (9-12) by ns, 10 ran.
Know No Fear 20-1 (9-1) Prominent, ridden over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 12, 8l behind Kipchak (9-7) at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-65 (6) fm.
Bold Diva 7-1 (9-3) Held up towards rear, ridden over 3f out, headway over 1f out, never near leaders, 6th of 12, 6l behind Crocodile Bay (9-5) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp (0-65) (6) pol.
Dancing Welcome 16-1 (9-1) Held up, ridden over 3f out, soon edged left and no impression, 12th of 13, 20l behind Polar Annie (9-6) at Chepstow 7f fll hcp (5) gs.
Guildenstern (IRE) 8-1 (9-4) Mid-division, headway 2f out, ridden to chase winner inside final furlong, no impression, 2nd of 12, 2 3/4l behind Crocodile Bay (9-5) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp (0-65) (6) pol.
Ganache (IRE) 20-1 (9-4) Soon crossed over to chase leader until 2f out, kept on same pace in 3rd inside final furlong, 3rd of 15, 2 3/4l behind Prime Circle (9-8) at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-55 (6) gs in Jun.
Lucas Pitt 9-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders, ridden well over 1f out, stayed on same pace, 5th of 13, 4 1/2l behind Athaakeel (9-8) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.