16:35 - SHARP OPERATOR (5) hasn't got his head in front since last summer, but he shaped as if he was still in top form when sixth at Kempton 11 days ago, looking unlucky not to finish closer. He was going well when getting no room a furlong out that day, before getting free to late. He's been raised 2 lb for that by the handicapper, but it's still a fair mark and he can return to winning ways dropped back in trip. Energia Flavio could be set for a big run, while Blyton Lass may have more to offer.
17:10 - MISTER MUSIC (3) is building a habit of coming good in the early stages of the year, having won four on the bounce in the opening weeks of 2018, and he took advantage of a drop into a seller to pick up a win over C&D at the beginning of the month, keeping on inside the final furlong and prevailing by half a length. Switched into claiming company, he arrives here on advantageous terms, and sits 6 lb clear of the field on Timeform weight-adjusted ratings. If in the same mood as last time, he will be very difficult to stop and as such he can't be opposed.
17:45 - DARING GUEST'S (8) losing run stretches back to September 2017, but he's been in good form of late, and he ran well when third at Chelmsford 19 days ago, getting headed in the final furlong having made his effort earlier than ideal that day. He's fitted with blinkers here, and considering he's shaped well in 3 starts to date for Tom Clover, he's more than capable of winning a race like this. Both Foreign Legion and Brockey Rise scored last time out and head the opposition.
18:15 - SANTAFIORA (13) is absolutely thriving at the moment, completing a C&D double 15 days ago, hanging on at the finish having moved through the race well. She stuck to her task really well that day, and, raised just 3 lb for the handicapper for that, she should remain competitive at this lowly level. As such, Santafiora gets the vote to complete the hat-trick at the expense of Mount Wellington, who's been shaping as if he will be winning again before too much longer. Independence Day is another who's deserving of a win for his recent runs, and is respected.
18:45 - ISLE OF AVALON (9) caught the eye when getting off the mark here on Boxing Day two starts ago, looking the type who would be able to build up a sequence on wins. She disappointed subsequently in a similar event at Newcastle last time, when she never really got into it, but it's too soon to be writing her off, considering she's now returned to the scene of her sole success. The extra furlong won't be an issue for her, and she's got every chance of getting back on track off the same mark as last time. All My Love put in a decent shift when fifth here in November and is respected now eased 2 lb, but it's Isle of Avalon who's taken to get back on track.
19:15 - JAMES STREET (8) is a really solid performer at this level, and he shaped as if he was still at the top of his game when second at Lingfield 2 weeks ago, just getting caught further back than ideal that day. Raised just 1 lb, he still looks well-treated on the back of his strong effort to finish second at Kempton two starts ago, and he's fancied to return to winning ways. Exchequer and Shamshon are feared most in a competitive contest.
19:45 - A SURE WELCOME (7) has five career wins at this track over the years, and he returned to winning ways in first-time blinkers over a furlong further two starts ago. He still looked well-in on the back of a small rise when second here over C&D last time, looking unlucky not to finish closer to the winner Union Rose having gotten slowly into stride. He enjoys a 4 lb swing with that rival this time around, and can pick up win number six at Wolverhampton. Union Rose is in fine form but may find his new mark tougher, meaning Acclaim The Nation, who was a solid second at Southwell 19 days ago, is feared most.
20:15 - Onto the lucky last, and it's very difficult to look past AMERICAN GRAFFITI (1). He produced a promising first effort to finish second at Chelmsford 19 days ago, getting shuffled back two furlongs out before running on well and ultimately being beaten by less than a length. With plenty of progression of likely considering his strong pedigree, he can get off the mark at the second time of asking at the expense of William McKinley, who looks next best.