The David Evans-trained Quiquillo ran much better on her most recent start over course and distance when chasing home Lord Of The Dance and she has every chance racing off the same mark today but she is not the most consistent of performers and a better bet may be OPERA PRINCE, who is preferred to Calypso Star. Richard Hannon's colt won a claimer in good fashion at Newmarket last month and he has to be respected back in handicap having been dropped 2lbs since that Newmarket outing. Bryn Palling's Warwick winner Bidable struggled off her new mark at Leicester earlier this month and is likely to do so again and of more interest may be Michael Appleby's recent course and distance maiden winner Cotswold Village, who looks reasonably well treated for his handicap debut off a mark of 69. The vote though goes the way of the Lady Herries-trained Opera Prince, who was not able to justify market favouritism at Warwick last month but looks worth another chance in a race that should not take a great deal of winning.
Opera Prince 11-8fav (9-7) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, kept on one pace, 5th of 8, 5l behind Unlimited (8-8) at Warwick 1m app hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Jun.
Cotswold Village (AUS) 66-1 (9-6) Made all, challenged from over 2f out, ridden and stayed on gamely final furlong, all out, won at Chepstow 1m mdn stks (5) gd in Jun beating Ancient Greece (9-2) by hd, 7 ran.
Quiquillo (USA) 18-1 (8-13) Raced keenly, held up in touch, headway 3f out, ridden to challenge and every chance stand side over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, held near finish, 2nd of 6, 3/4l behind Lord Of The Dance (8-10) at Chepstow 1m hcp 0-70 (5) gf in May.
Mr Udagawa 16-1 (9-2) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, last of 6, 16l behind Sagredo (9-4) at Chepstow 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Jun.
Bidable 3-1fav (9-9) Mid-division, headway over 3f out, soon chasing leaders, no extra final furlong, 5th of 11, 5l behind Macanta (9-11) at Leicester 1m hcp 0-65 (6) gf.
Calypso Star (IRE) 4-1 (8-11) In rear, headway over 2f out, chased leader over 1f out, led inside final furlong, readily, won at Newmarket 1m 3yo clm (5) gf in Jun beating Syrian (9-13) by 3/4l, 13 ran.
Red Dagger (IRE) 66-1 (9-9) Held up, pushed along 3f out, ridden and headway approaching final furlong, kept on one pace, 5th of 11, 4 1/2l behind Parvaaz (9-3) at Warwick 7f mdn stks (5) gf in Jun.
Portrush Storm 33-1 (8-1) In rear, effort over 3f out, soon weakened, 10th of 13, 8l behind Feeling Fresh (9-1) at Chester 1m hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Jun.
Rowaad 66-1 (8-2) Tracked leaders, pulled hard, ridden over 3f out, soon weakened, tailed off, last of 13, well behind Corrib (8-2) at Chepstow 1m 2f hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Jun.
Square Of Gold (FR) 16-1 (9-3) Mid-division, headway over 4f out to track leaders, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 10th of 12, 16l behind Eye Of Eternity (8-3) at Lingfield 1m 1f hcp 0-55 (6) gf in Jun.