TIDY AFFAIR was having his first start over today's trip when landing a real touch in an amateurs' event at Wolverhampton a week ago. He scored with his head in his chest that day so it's hardly surprising his trainer runs him with a 6lb penalty and he should have few problems following up. Sam Twiston Davies has a rare Flat ride on board Capellini but his mount has shown only occasional glimpses of ability since arriving from France. Celtic Charlie finds this trip the bare minimum nowadays but the veteran Crimson Monarch hasn't been beaten far in recent races though he doesn't win very often.
Numen (IRE) 50-1 (9-2) In touch, ridden over 2f out, kept on same pace, 6th of 12, 4 1/2l behind Guards Chapel (9-7) at Kempton 2m hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Capellini 25-1 (9-6) Soon pushed along in rear, outpaced 6f out, 7th of 9, 37l behind Dewala (9-5) at Southwell 1m 3f app hcp 0-60 (6) fbs.
Tidy Affair (IRE) 7-2fav (10-4) Held up towards rear, headway to lead over 1f out, stayed on well, won at Wolverhampton 1m 4f am hcp 0-52 (6) pol beating Brandy Snapping (10-2) by 4l, 12 ran.
Our Play (IRE) 8-1 (9-5) Always behind, last of 14, 32l behind Asia Minor (8-9) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Jan.
Celtic Charlie (FR) 7-1 (8-10) Took keen hold, raced wide in touch, went 4th 5f out, ridden and edged left over 1f out, stayed on same pace final furlong, 5th of 8, 2 3/4l behind Linkable (9-5) at Lingfield 1m 5f hcp 0-65 (6) pol.
Highly Likely (IRE) 33-1 (9-1) Led, headed over 2f out, soon not much room and weakened, last of 13, 31l behind Evergreen Forest (9-7) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Fists And Stones 25-1 (9-1) In touch, weakened over 2f out, 15th of 16, 15l behind Glass Mountain (9-2) at Yarmouth 1m hcp 0-65 (6) gd in Oct '11.
Fair Breeze 10-1 (8-12) Mid-division, lost place before halfway, headway and switched left over 2f out, no impression over 1f out, 7th of 14, 7l behind Whodunit (9-4) at Kempton 1m 2f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Dec '11.
Crimson Monarch (USA) 11-1 (8-10) Tracked leaders, led 2f out, hung left from over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, no extra close home, 3rd of 10, 2 1/2l behind Speed Steed (8-9) at Wolverhampton 1m 6f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Jan.
Mr Lando 10-1 (8-12) Led ridden and headed 4f out, soon weakened, 7th of 13, 46l behind Seventh Sign (10-0) at Sligo 1m 4f 3yo hcp 47-65 in Aug.