NO prizes for nominating the most important Flat race of the day, given that Wolverhampton has rustled up no less than fifty grand for the Littlewoods-sponsored Lincoln Trial Heritage Handicap.

With such a worthwhile pay-day on offer, some pretty decent performers step forward to take their chance, including Night Air, Sri Diamond, Ionian Spring and Appalachian Trail (3.45).

David Loder's Night Air goes for his hat-trick and will get every assistance from the saddle via the newly-wed Jamie Spencer, who recently tied the knot with TV presenter Emma Ramsden.

Although Night Air has won both of his starts on the sand this winter, he still might not be able to cope with Appalachian Trail, who won with a good deal of authority over course and distance back in December.

It appears trainer Ian Semple has kept his horse waiting in the wings for this big prize, a ploy very likely to be rewarded in the one-mile-110-yard contest, by virtue of Appalachian Trail's combination of sheer speed and outright class.

A more-than-useful individual on turf, the improving good-bodied four-year-old steamrollered the opposition on his sole visit to the track so far.

If he can repeat that impressive effort, the money is already as good as in the bank.

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