NOW YOU SEE ME may be able to leave her rivals trailing; amongst whom Rightcar Lewis and Muktasb could be in the mix. The selection beat Wibbadune on her final start for Ken McAuliffe in April and has only gone up by 4lbs for the success which seems reasonable given that Wibbadune went on to win her next three starts and scored again from a mark of 73 last month. Now You See Me's only subsequent run came in a Listed race at Chester in September where she had no realistic chance of challenging the principals; this is her level, she has course form and looks handicapped to win more races. Welcome Approach has won as many races on the all-weather in seven starts as he has in almost fifty runs on grass and he looks capable of adding to those wins from his current rating but he will always need the pace of the race and the gaps to fall in his favour. Muktasb is another solid handicapper who is now a pound lower than when last successful; he's finished in the money on five of his thirteen visits here and has each-way claims. Rightcar Lewis is at the other end of the spectrum in that she has had just four starts but she shaped quite promisingly on her handicap bow last time and could be suited by the step back up in trip. Tricky fare to begin the day with Now You See Me selected to take the honours.
Welcome Approach 7-2jt-fav (8-13) Held up towards rear, raced keenly, headway over 1f out, stayed on same pace, 4th of 11, 6l behind One More Round (9-4) at W'hampton 6f hcp 0-65 (6) pol.
Shot To Fame (USA) 10-1 (9-4) Behind, shaken up effort over 1f out never dangerous, 11th of 14, 8l behind Billy Red (8-10) at Great Leighs 6f hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Oct.
River Thames 12-1 (8-8) Towards rear and soon chased along, headway over 2f, weakened final furlong, 11th of 21, 3 1/2l behind Misphire (8-12) at Doncaster 7f app hcp (4) sft.
Muktasb (USA) 8-1 (9-2) Started slowly, held up in rear, headway on inside from 2f out, stayed on to take 3rd well inside final furlong, not trouble 1st 2, 3rd of 11, 3 1/2l behind Back In The Red (8-13) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Bronte's Hope 12-1 (9-2) Led narrowly, ridden and headed just over 1f out, faded inside final furlong, 7th of 12, 3 1/2l behind Tilsworth Charlie (8-12) at Lingfield 7f app hcp (6) pol in Oct.
Our Fugitive (IRE) 16-1 (9-4) Tracked leaders, led over 2f out, headed over 1f out, weakened, 6th of 16, 9l behind Kyllachy Storm (8-10) at Bath 6f hcp 0-60 (6) gs in Oct.
Now You See Me 66-1 (9-0) Raced keenly, tracked leaders, bustled along over 2f out, weakend well over 1f out, 10th of 11, 22l behind Angus Newz (9-0) at Chester 6f lst fll stk (1) gs in Sept.
Gambling Jack 10-1 (8-10) Chased winner, effort over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 8th of 16, 9l behind Music Box Express (8-8) at Warwick 6f hcp 0-65 (6) gd in Sept.
Rightcar Lewis 20-1 (8-8) Slowly into stride, held up, headway over 1f out, ridden and kept on final furlong, 5th of 11, 3 1/2l behind Ryedane (8-13) at W'hampton 5f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Afton View (IRE) 16-1 (9-0) With leader, ridden 2f out, driven and one pace final furlong, 4th of 12, 3l behind Namu (8-11) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Loyal Royal (IRE) 25-1 (8-12) Steady start, always behind, 13th of 16, 11l behind Music Box Express (8-8) at Warwick 6f hcp 0-65 (6) gd in Sept.
Blue Zenith (IRE) 10-1 (8-9) Led, ridden and headed approaching 1f out, weakened, 8th of 12, 11l behind Connor's Choice (9-0) at Lingfield 6f 3yo sll (6) pol in Oct.