Wolverhampton winner Crystal Peaks hasn't threatened in a couple of subsequent starts off today's mark and Subtle Difference has failed to progress as expected. Handsome Stranger makes his handicap debut for an in-form yard and may do better but the tentative vote goes to ENTRAPPING. He never figured on his first start handicapping when sixth over C&D but it was a tougher race than this and today's drop in class could make all the difference to the Hannon colt. The remainder have shown nothing to recommend them so far.
Handsome Stranger (IRE) 12-1 (9-3) Dwelt in rear, ridden 2f out, kept on final furlong, not trouble leaders, 4th of 7, 7l behind Rene Mathis (9-3) at Wolverhampton 6f 2yo mdn stks (5) pol in Dec.
Crystal Peaks 9-2 (9-2) Tracked leaders, outpaced over 2f out, stayed on inside final furlong, never able to challenge, 3rd of 11, 4l behind Pairumani Prince (9-5) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 2yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Dec.
Entrapping 25-1 (8-9) Prominent, ridden and carried head awkwardly from over 2f out, no extra inside final furlong, 6th of 8, 5l behind Canadian Run (9-4) at Kempton 1m 2yo hco 0-75 (5) pol in Dec.
Subtle Difference 4-1 (8-3) Soon led, jinked left 5f out, ridden and headed 2f out, no chance with winner over 1f out, hung left inside final furlong, 2nd of 5, 4l behind Captain Starlight (8-8) at Kempton 1m mdn auc stks (6) pol.
Silk Scarf 100-1 (8-12) Outpaced in rear, detatched over 2f out, never a factor, last of 10, 17l behind Shebebi (9-3) at Folkestone 7f 2yo mdn (5) gf in Sep.
Downright Dizzie 100-1 (8-9) Always in rear, 10th of 15, 23l behind Mar Mar (8-12) at Doncaster 6f 2yo mdn (5) gd in Nov.
Taxiformissbyron 20-1 (8-10) Towards rear, ridden 2f out, kept on final furlong, nearest finish, 5th of 12, 4l behind Blazeofenchantment (9-4) at Lingfield 7f 2yo hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Dec.
Cerys 33-1 (8-3) Led, headed over 7f out, tracked leaders, ridden 4f out, driven 3f out, weakened 2f out, last of 7, 19l behind Lucy Bee (8-4) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 2yo clm stks (6) pol in Dec.