Course winner Trade Centre needs considering however it is ASTRODONNA who is preferred to Spiritual Art and Pha Mai Blue. The selection ran well here last time out when she just got going a bit too late when third to Hawaana. Having held her form well this season, the Mark Thompkins-trained filly can continue the fair form of the yard with a win. Trade Centre runs this track well and will be happier here than at Kempton last time however he looks high enough in the weights, Ivory Lace on the other hand looks interesting, whilst Spiritual Art is a consistent filly but is 6lb higher than her last winning mark. Diamond Twister should appreciate the drop in trip, Pha Mai Blue has a good record at the track but is probably another who is high enough in the weights. Top-weight Dichoh has plenty of experience on his side and it must be said that he is in some of the best form that we have seen in the last two years. A tightly-knit handicap where the market should help, but it is Astrodonna who is tentatively selected.
Dichoh 5-1 (9-9) Held up, headway over 2f out, ridden and hung left from over 1f out, kept on to challenge for 3rd, no real impression, 4th of 11, 4 1/2l behind Piquante (9-3) at Brighton 1m hcp 0-63 (6) gd in Oct.
Trade Centre 12-1 (9-0) Settled behind leading pair, switched to inside 5f out, hard ridden over 2f out, beaten 2f out, 8th of 10, 8l behind Beauchamp Viceroy (9-4) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-80 (4) pol in Oct.
Astrodonna 10-1 (9-4) Held up on outer, pushed along 2f out, headway soon after, chased leading pair over 1f out, kept on, not pace to challenge, 3rd of 10, 1 3/4l behind Hawaana (9-7) at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Oct.
Ivory Lace 16-1 (8-13) Mid-division, ridden halfway, weakened over 1f out, 8th of 12, 6l behind Dvinsky (9-5) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Oct.
Spiritual Art 10-1 (9-7) Close up, not much room over 4f out, chased leader 2f out, ridden to lead and carried head high 1f out, headed final strides, 2nd of 12, 1/2l behind Ugenius (9-6) at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Oct.
Shaded Edge 12-1 (8-13) Mid-division, pushed along halfway, headway on outside 2f out, ridden and every chance over 1f out, weakened inside last, 6th of 11, 4l behind Berbice (9-1) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Oct.
Straight And Level (CAN) 25-1 (9-2) Held up in touch, ridden over 2f out, no impression, 7th of 11, 4l behind Vinces (8-7) at Lingfield 1m 2f hacp 0-70 (5) pol in Mar.
Pha Mai Blue 11-2 (9-6) Raced wide, in touch, led over 3f out, ridden and headed 1f out, weakened towards finish, 4th of 12, 5l behind Ugenius (9-6) at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Oct.
Diamond Twister (USA) 8-1 (8-13) Tracked leaders, went 2nd 6f out, ridden and every chance well over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 8th of 12, 5l behind Burma Rock (9-6) at Kempton 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Oct.
Highland River 28-1 (9-2) Close up, ridden and no impression over 2f out until stayed on towards finish, 4th of 12, 4l behind Dinner Date (9-7) at Kempton 1m hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Oct.