Let's have a game of TIDDLIWINKS and side with Kevin Ryan's gelding; others to consider include Speedy Guru and Captain Dancer. A son of Piccolo, the selection was able to get off the mark with little fuss at Wolverhampton last time out. A mark of 72 for this foray into handicaps means that punters have a bit of a guessing game, however he is open to plenty of improvement and he should handle the ground conditions this afternoon. Speedy Guru did it nicely at Leicester but has a 5lb penalty for that win; she handles this ground however and is not to be underestimated. The drop back in trip should suit Great Art, My Best Bet is consistent and likely to give backers a good run for their money, whilst Captain Dancer handles this ground and he should come on plenty for his reappearance effort at Salisbury. Steel Free is starting to look fairly treated in the handicap, Steel Stockholder continues to run well in defeat but is ultimately still a maiden after 17 starts, whilst Iron Out has the services of one of the best jockeys in the race today. An open finale, but we will take a leap of faith with Tiddliwinks.
Captain Dancer (IRE) 9-1 (8-8) Towards rear, headway over 2f out, one pace, 5th of 16, 3 1/2l behind Victoria Sponge (9-2) at Salisbury 7f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) sft.
Steel Free (IRE) 12-1 (9-3) Chased leaders, kept on inside final furlong, 4th of 13, 4 1/2l behind She's In The Money (9-3) at Ayr 7f hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Sep.
My Best Bet 9-1 (8-11) Held up in touch, headway over 2f out, ridden 2f out, kept on under pressure inside final furlong, 5th of 12, 2 1/4l behind Beautiful Filly (7-13) at Wolverhampton 7f fll hcp (4) pol.
Great Art (IRE) 11-2 (9-4) Took keen hold, chased leaders, pushed along 3f out, weakened 2f out, 8th of 12, 7l behind Swift Chap (9-5) at Newbury 1m 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gd.
Miss Hollybell 16-1 (8-9) Went left start, behind, no chance when hampered approaching 2f out, last of 12, 9l behind Olynard (9-4) at Windsor 6f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Jul.
Tiddliwinks 5-2 (9-3) Chased leader, led well over 2f out, stayed on well final furlong, won at Wolverhampton 7f mdn auc stks (6) pol in Sep beating Global Conquest (8-12) by 5l, 12 ran.
Speedy Guru 10-1 (8-9) Tracked leader, led well over 1f out, soon ridden, ran on inside final furlong, edged right close home, won at Leicester 6f fll hcp (5) gf beating Gower Valentine (9-3) by hd, 11 ran.
Iron Out (USA) 5-1 (8-12) Raced wide, mid-division, ridden 3f out, headway and switched right over 1f out, no impression after, 4th of 11, 11l behind Captain Flasheart (8-7) at Kempton 1m 3yo app hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Sep.
Striker Torres (IRE) 33-1 (8-11) Led after 2f, ridden and headed well over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 15th of 19, 31l behind Starla Dancer (8-11) at York 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) gd.
Hypnotist (UAE) 14-1 (8-8) Raced wide, tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, led briefly over 1f out, lost 3rd towards finish, 4th of 12, 5l behind Black Dahlia (8-9) at Leicester 1m hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Sep.
Woteva 14-1 (9-3) Mid-division, ridden over 3f out, soon behind, 16th of 17, 37l behind Just Five (8-12) at Newcastle 1m 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) sft in May.
Pokfulham (IRE) 12-1 (8-11) Chased leaders, ridden over 2f out, soon lost place, 9th of 13, 10l behind Social Rhythm (8-10) at Ayr 1m hcp 0-65 (6) gf.
Steel Stockholder 11-2 (8-10) With leader, led after 3f, ridden 2f out, kept on under pressure until headed and no extra towards finish, 2nd of 6, 1/2l behind Great Art (9-3) at Catterick 7f 3yo & 4yo mdn (5) gf in Sep.
Convitezza 100-1 (7-11) Driven along over 2f out, always rear division, 11th of 18, 20l behind Liberty Trail (9-1) at Redcar 7f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gf.