Piceno beat Pashan Garh and Four Winds in better company at Newmarket a week ago but whether he can carry top weight to victory off a higher mark remains to be seen. FALCON'S REIGN is preferred, despite dropping down in trip, as he's at his best in testing ground and also won a higher grade handicap at Newmarket last week. Shirley Teasdale and Jason Hart won their respective divisions of this contest last year and the latter looks to have the best chance today on the veteran Beckermet. Bountybeamadam won a maiden race on fast ground at Chepstow last time but both Royal Holiday and Ted's Brother make more appeal in this better company.
Piceno (IRE) 9-1 (8-2) Maded most, ridden 2f out, ran on, won at Newmarket 7f hcp 0-85 (4) sft beating Pashan Garh (8-7) by 3l, 14 ran.
Celtic Sixpence (IRE) 16-1 (9-2) Chased leader, led over 1f out, ridden and headed 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 4th of 9, 3 1/2l behind Bogsnog (8-13) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Oct.
Kiwi Bay 7-1 (8-4) Chased leaders, effort over 2f out, faded over 1f out, 8th of 17, 9l behind Ingleby Angel (9-5) at Redcar 1m hcp (2) gf in Oct.
Kung Hei Fat Choy (USA) 14-1 (9-5) Led stand side pair until ridden over 2f out, soon weakened, never on terms with centre group, last of 12, 46l behind Uncle Dermot (8-9) at Yarmouth 1m hcp 0-75 (5) sft in Oct.
Falcon's Reign (FR) 13-2 (8-8) Keen early close up, chased leader over 1f out, edged left and ran on to lead towards finish, won at Newmarket 1m app hcp 0-85 (4) sft beating Handheld (8-13) by 1l, 8 ran.
Majestic Dream (IRE) 25-1 (8-9) Chased leaders, lost place over 3f out, 11th of 12, 32l behind Showboating (9-3) at Catterick 7f hcp 0-85 (4) hvy in Oct.
Orbit The Moon (IRE) 14-1 (9-7) Raced centre, slowly into stride, chased leaders after 2f, stayed on same pace final furlong, 4th of 10, 5l behind Who's Shirl (9-5) at Newcastle 7f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Aug.
Beckermet (IRE) 15-2 (8-8) Led, headed 3f out, ridden over 1f out, one pace, 4th of 12, 4 1/2l behind Showboating (9-3) at Catterick 7f hcp 0-85 (4) hvy in Oct.
Strong Man 17-2 (9-6) Tracked leader, led well over 2f out, headed 2f out, ridden and weakened over 1f out, lost 4th place towards finish, 5th of 12, 10l behind Evanescent (9-2) at Ayr 7f hcp 0-75 (5) sft in Sep.
Raging Bear (USA) 9-4fav (8-13) Held up in touch, pushed along halfway, reminders and ridden over 2f out, kept on to chase winner inside final furlong, no impression, 2nd of 6, 5l behind Peak Storm (9-1) at Chepstow 7f clm stks (6) hvy in Sep.
Four Winds 5-1fav (8-8) Steadied start, towards rear, headway when not clear run from over 2f out until inside final furlong, stayed on near finish, 6th of 14, 5l behind Piceno (8-2) at Newmarket 7f hcp 0-85 (4) sft.
Printmaker (IRE) 33-1 (9-1) In rear, ridden over 3f out, effort over 2f out, soon weakened, last of 10, 26l behind Hefner (9-8) at Doncaster 1m app hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Oct.
Steel Stockholder 20-1 (9-6) Mid-division, headway over 2f out, soon no impression, 8th of 13, 7l behind Celtic Sixpence (9-0) at Thirsk 7f hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Aug.
Pashan Garh 12-1 (8-7) In touch, ridden and headway over 1f out, stayed on to go 2nd inside final furlong, no threat to winner, 2nd of 14, 3l behind Piceno (8-2) at Newmarket 7f hcp 0-85 (4) sft.
Khelman (IRE) 9-2 (8-13) Always towards rear, 7th of 9, 7l behind Just The Tonic (8-9) at Catterick 6f hcp 0-80 (4) hvy in Oct.
Bountybeamadam 7-2 (9-0) Made all, ridden inside final furlong, kept on well, won at Chepstow 7f mdn fll stks (5) gd in Sep beating Candy Kitten (9-0) by 1 1/4l, 8 ran.
Royal Holiday (IRE) 8-1 (9-6) Went left start, made all, ridden over 2f out, kept on strongly final furlong, ridden out, won at Newcastle 7f hcp 0-65 (6) sft in Oct beating Trixie Malone (8-11) by 1 3/4l, 13 ran.
Prime Exhibit 16-1 (9-7) Not much room soon after start, held up in rear, ridden over 1f out, ran on well inside final furlong, nearest finish, 4th of 13, 3l behind Diplomatic (9-4) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Oct.
Day Of The Eagle (IRE) 50-1 (8-10) Held up in rear, well behind final 3f, last of 10, 44l behind Invincible Hero (8-13) at Nottingham 1m hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Oct.
Ted's Brother (IRE) 16-1 (8-12) Tracked leaders, ridden 2f out, chased winner inside final furlong, kept on one pace, 2nd of 12, 1 3/4l behind Uncle Dermot (8-9) at Yarmouth 1m hcp 0-75 (5) sft in Oct.
Maggie Pink 8-1 (8-7) With leader, hung right over 3f out, not much room and badly hampered and stumbled over 2f out, eased over 1f out, 10th of 12, 14l behind Showboating (9-3) at Catterick 7f hcp 0-85 (4) hvy in Oct.