A typically competitive sprint handicap where ELUSIVE RONNIE earns the vote ahead of Spinning Bailiwick and Head To Head. The selection may not be one for the faint hearted and his young pilot won't have an easy task to plot his way through the field from his low draw. Everything panned out ideally for Elusive Ronnie on his penultimate start but the gaps didn't come in time on his latest outing as he just missed out. He should go well again as should Spinning Bailiwick who made every yard when winning readily at Kempton. She's already run well here over the minimum and will be suited by the step up in trip. Head To Head was beaten a nose by the selection at Kempton and is significantly better off on these terms whilst the booking of Holland is another positive. However, he's yet to show his best form at this track and ready preference is for Elusive Ronnie.
Elusive Ronnie (IRE) 9-1 (8-9) In rear, switched wide over 1f out, soon ridden, ran on strongly to take 2nd, not reach winner, 2nd of 11, hd behind Fantasy Fighter (8-13) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Spinning Bailiwick 7-2 (8-12) Made all, clear from over 1f out, won at Kempton 5f mdn auc stks (6) pol beating Westwood Dawn (9-3) by 6l, 7 ran.
Always The Sun 10-1 (8-9) Chased leaders, ridden over 2f out, kept on inside final furlong, 5th of 14, 2l behind Dynamo Dave (8-3) at Lingfield 7f Apprentice Handicap (0-58) (3yo+) (6) pol.
Colombard (IRE) 9-1 (8-12) Tracked leaders, led inside final furlong, soon hung left, caught post, 2nd of 12, hd behind Diamond Fire (8-11) at Wolverhampton 6f Apprentice Handicap (0-52) (3yo+) (6) pol.
Head To Head (IRE) 5-1 (9-1) Led, ridden 2 lengths clear entering last, ran on, headed post, 2nd of 11, ns behind Elusive Ronnie (8-12) at Kempton 5f hcp 0-50 (7) pol.
Davids Mark 8-1 (8-13) Slowly away, towards rear, pushed along halfway, never near leaders, 10th of 11, 4 1/2l behind Briannsta (8-12) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-52 (6) pol in Oct.
Native Dame (IRE) 14-1 (8-3) Chased leaders on outer, pushed along halfway, weakened over 2f out, 5th of 9, 12l behind Bea Menace (9-7) at Folkestone 7f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Jul.
Battimoore (IRE) 20-1 (8-10) Chased leading pair until over 1f out, 7th of 13, 8l behind Nacho Libre (8-13) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp (6) pol.
Tricky Trev (USA) 8-1 (8-9) Towards rear, ridden over 1f out, weakened entering final furlong, 14th of 15, 22l behind Mandhooma (8-12) at Brighton 6f 3yo hcp 0-55 (6) gf in Aug.
Commandingpresence (USA) 25-1 (8-5) Slowly away, behind, wide straight, never on terms, 6th of 8, 22l behind Penzena (8-12) at Kempton 1m 3yo mdn auc stks (5) pol.
Boundless Applause 7-1 (8-11) Chased leaders, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, last of 11, 14l behind Carnival Dream (8-6) at Wolverhampton 6f Apprentice Handicap (0-52) (3yo+) (6) pol.
Equinity 14-1 (8-8) Tracked leaders, ridden and effort over 1f out, soon every chance, no extra towards finish, 5th of 9, 2 1/4l behind Sonhador (8-13) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-50 (7) pol in Oct.