Spes Nostra arrives in the best form with a couple of course wins under his belt. But he steps up in trip off a higher mark today. Arizona John scored over 1m4f at Pontefract last May but was tailed off on his recent reappearance when Flying Power was also well beaten. The latter should have done better dropped in class last time and Wildomar remains out of sorts, so the vote goes to LINEMAN. He ran well off today's mark when third to The Lock Master recently and gets another chance to add to his earlier course and distance victory.
Flying Power 9-2 (9-7) Prominent, ridden over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 5th of 9, 8l behind Villa Royale (9-0) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Spes Nostra 2-1fav (9-2) Soon led and raced keenly, ridden 2f out, hung left under pressure from over 1f out, stayed on well, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-85 (4) pol beating Mubtadi (9-5) by 1 1/4l, 5 ran.
Arizona John (IRE) 25-1 (9-3) Always behind, last of 9, 18l behind Villa Royale (9-0) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Wildomar 33-1 (9-3) Held up in touch, headway over 2f out, faded inside final furlong, 5th of 6, 8l behind Back Burner (9-6) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f clm stks (5) pol in Jan.
Lineman 5-2 (8-9) Tracked leading pair, went 2nd over 3f out, ridden over 1f out, stayed on same pace inside final furlong, lost 2nd post, 3rd of 5, 2 1/4l behind The Lock Master (9-7) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.