Nationwide cost £525,000 as a two-year-old but he didn't make it to the course as a juvenile and after disappointing on both starts for Sir Michael Stoute at three he fetched only 10,000 guineas when going through the sales ring again last October.
That has proved to be something of a bargain, though, as Nationwide belied a starting price of 50/1 to make a winning start for John Butler over this course and distance in April and he then followed up in a couple of handicaps at Wolverhampton, showing useful form.
Nationwide's first start on turf at Haydock in May was an encouraging one as he finished third, not far behind a couple of well-handicapped rivals, but he was never able to land a blow at York last time.
He needs to bounce back, though this is less competitive and he is clearly effective on the all-weather and at this venue, so he ought to go well from a mark just 5 lb higher than the one he last defied at Wolverhampton.
Another lightly-raced sprinter with strong claims is Prop Forward (110p), the winner of three of his five starts, including at Southwell when last seen on New Year's Day.
Prop Forward was unraced at two, like Nationwide, but he showed promise when runner-up on his debut at Salisbury in July of last year and then built on that when scoring at Bath and Wolverhampton.
He failed to fire on his handicap debut at Ascot in October but he had excuses on that occasion - was too keen and received a bump - and he showed that was just a blip on an otherwise really encouraging profile when reappearing in a five-furlong handicap at Southwell three months later.
Prop Forward, who had been gelded in the interim and was fitted with a first-time hood, travelled well at Southwell before storming clear when the gap appeared, pulling three and a quarter lengths clear and earning the Horse In Focus Flag.
He has a significant absence and an 11 lb rise in the weights to overcome, but he's in excellent hands with Clive Cox and is a sprinter to be positive about (he has the 'p' for likely improver attached to his rating).
The other last-time-out winner in the field is Tyger Bay (107). He has had a lot more racing than Prop Forward - he has made 27 starts - but he is still going in the right direction and his two-and-a-half-length success at Lingfield in June represented a career-best effort.
A 6 lb rise in the weights demands more, but he's a solid operator with a particularly good record at this venue - has four course-and-distance wins to his name - and he ought to give a good account.
The sole three-year-old in the line-up is Scot's Grace (106), who had been highly tried in listed company on her first four outings this season but turned in her best effort of the campaign when dropped to handicap company at Chester last month.
She was beaten only a neck and half a length in third, despite making things hard for herself with a slow start, and she is not one to rule out from the same mark here. It's also worth noting her sole success was achieved over this course and distance on debut last season for her previous yard.
Timeform Analyst Verdict:
Low-mileage four-year-old Prop Forward got back on the up in no uncertain terms when successful at Southwell in January and, with his profile essentially a positive one, he can defy another absence and come out on top again. Nationwide, back on all weather, Scot's Grace and Tyger Bay are others fancied to feature.
Race Passes are the ultimate form guide, providing Timeform analysis, Flags and ratings for every runner in every race in Britain and Ireland. Subscribers have access to additional features that add extra levels of insight, including complete performance histories, an extensive form archive and unlimited use of horse, jockey and trainer searches.