PATEGONIA was sent off odds-on over 7f at Lingfield last time but found one too good. He's likely to prove a warm order again in this, however, as he still had a subsequent winner behind and will appreciate the extra distance. Stormbound went close in a handicap at Lingfield on his latest start and that's much stronger form than Merrjanah's recent second at this track but Irish import Pacific Ridge could prove a threat on his debut for a new yard. Exclusive Predator posted a better effort here last time and looks best of the rest.
Exclusive Predator 9-1 (10-0) Dwelt, held up towards rear, pushed along over 2f out, headway over 1f out, kept on, 3rd of 8, 2 1/2l behind Testa Rossa (8-10) at Wolverhampton 7f mdn auc stks (6) pol.
Gallant Leader (USA) 16-1 (9-5) Chased leaders, lost place 4f out, last of 6, 35l behind Exning Halt (9-5) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f mdn stks (5) pol.
Golden Share (USA) 11-4 (9-5) Mid-division, went 4th over 3f out, soon ridden, weakened over 2f out, 7th of 11, 41l behind Biggins Boy (9-5) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f mdn stks (5) pol.
Pacific Ridge (USA) 12-1 (9-5) Settled in rear, progress entering straight, moderate 10th on outer 1 1/2f out, kept on one paced, 7th of 20, 6l behind Something Graceful (9-0) at Leopardstown 1m 2f mdn stks gs in Aug.
Pategonia 4-5fav (9-13) Held up in 4th, driven over 2f out, soon ridden, switched inside and headway over 1f out, went 2nd inside final furlong, kept on, always held, 2nd of 5, 2 1/4l behind Al Raqeeb (8-9) at Lingfield 7f mdn stks (5) pol.
Stormbound (IRE) 7-4fav (9-4) Tracked leader, effort on inner over 1f out, stayed on well, 2nd of 7, 1/2l behind Avertis (9-2) at Lingfield 1m hacp 0-70 (5) pol.
Merrjanah 12-1 (9-1) Set steady pace until quickened over 3f out, strongly challenged over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, carried right, kept on well, 2nd of 10, nk behind Malindi (9-0) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f Maiden Fillies Stakes (4yo+) (5) pol.