Yet another tight handicap to unravel on today's card and a speculative vote on this occasion goes the way of CIRCUITOUS. He can race off a lower mark on the Polytrack and nearly took advantage when runner-up at Wolverhampton recently. Kai also finished second on his latest start at the same track but over a shorter trip while previous C&D winner Fortunate Bid has been placed off his current mark of late. Mr Optimistic continues to tumble down the weights but has shown no signs of a resurgence yet.
Mr Optimistic 28-1 (8-11) Behind, ridden over 1f out, one pace and no impression, 6th of 13, 5l behind Amethyst Dawn (9-3) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Oct.
Mack's Sister 20-1 (9-2) Took keen hold, held up, never on terms, last of 10, 9l behind North Central (9-0) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Oct.
Jonnie Skull (IRE) 33-1 (8-9) In touch, ridden 3f out, headway over 1f out, stayed on to go 3rd towards finish, 3rd of 15, 4 1/2l behind See The Storm (8-7) at Yarmouth 6f hcp 0-60 (6) hvy in Oct.
Custom House (IRE) 14-1 (9-5) Awkwardly away in rear, ridden 3f out, some late headway, never a factor, 6th of 10, 6l behind Les Verguettes (9-3) at Salisbury 7f hcp 0-60 (6) hvy in Oct.
Kai 10-1 (9-1) Tracked leaders, ridden 2f out, every chance inside final furlong, ran on, 2nd of 13, ns behind George Fenton (9-5) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Oct.
Circuitous 25-1 (9-0) Led early, chased leaders, went 2nd over 2f out until well over 1f out, chased winner over 1f out, no impression inside final furlong, 2nd of 12, 2 1/4l behind Shaunas Spirit (9-3) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Oct.
Fortunate Bid (IRE) 12-1 (9-3) Pulled hard in touch, headway over 2f out, ridden to challenge inside final furlong, not run on, 3rd of 13, 2l behind Sasheen (9-0) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp (6) pol in Oct.
Doctor Hilary 40-1 (8-11) Mid-division, lost place 3f out, behind final 2f, 11th of 13, 15l behind Diplomatic (9-3) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-65 (6) pol in May.
The Name Is Frank 9-1 (9-2) Prominent, ridden and weakened 2f out, 9th of 12, 9l behind Bassett Road (9-6) at Salisbury 7f hcp 0-60 (6) hvy in Oct.
The Kernigal (IRE) 9-2 (8-8) Towards rear, effort over 2f out, no impression over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, 4th of 8, 2 3/4l behind Demoiselle Bond (9-1) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Sep.
Bahri Sheen (IRE) 16-1 (8-12) Slowly into stride, behind, ran on inside final furlong, never going pace to trouble leaders, 11th of 14, 4 1/2l behind Trusting (9-2) at Kempton 7f hcp (6) pol in Oct.
Not My Choice (IRE) 25-1 (9-1) Soon prominent, lost 2nd over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 9th of 12, 14l behind Shaunas Spirit (9-3) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Oct.
One Cool Chick 40-1 (9-4) Held up in rear, ridden and struggling over 2f out, 10th of 14, 9l behind Wyndham Wave (8-13) at Kempton 1m hcp (6) pol in Sep.
Emma Jean (IRE) 40-1 (8-12) Slowly into stride, outpaced, always behind, 11th of 12, 8l behind Gran Canaria Queen (8-7) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Oct.