The handicapper has taken his revenge on a few of these. Willow Beck and Duchess Of Gazeley are both 11lb higher than their latest wins and Sandown winner Headline News failed to cope with a 10lb hike last time. SILK SARI ran well for fourth on her handicap debut over track and trip when not far behind the third Willow Beck and Luca Cumani's filly gets the nod to show further progress and land this, although her ability to handle the ground has to be taken on trust. Hold On Tight, Wizara and Silk Train all have a chance but Tweed could prove a bigger threat having won in soft going at Newcastle on her racecourse debut.
Willow Beck 4-1 (9-5) In touch, ridden and headway to lead over 1f out, headed and no extra towards finish, 3rd of 10, 1 1/2l behind Phaenomena (8-9) at Newmarket 1m 4f flls hcp 0-95 (3) gd in Sep.
Headline News (IRE) 13-8fav (9-10) In rear, pushed along over 3f out, late headway final furlong, nearest finish, 4th of 10, 8l behind Asgardella (8-10) at Pontefract 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) hvy in Oct.
Silk Sari 12-1 (8-9) Held up, headway over 3f out, ridden 2f out, stayed on final furlong, 4th of 10, 2 1/4l behind Phaenomena (8-9) at Newmarket 1m 4f flls hcp 0-95 (3) gd in Sep.
Duchess Of Gazeley (IRE) 4-1 (9-4) Tracked leaders, went 2nd travelling well over 3f out, led 3f out, came clear final 2f, very easily, won at Redcar 1m 6f hcp 0-75 (5) sft in Oct beating Perfect Summer (8-12) by 4 1/2l, 14 ran.
Premium 2-1fav (9-7) Tracked leaders, took keen hold, ridden over 3f out, soon weakened, 6th of 7, 35l behind Chesterfield (9-6) at Newbury 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Jul.
Hold On Tight (IRE) 5-6fav (8-12) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, driven and no impression over 1f out, ran on under strong pressure towards finish, not reach winner, 2nd of 5, nk behind Royal Dutch (9-2) at Newmarket 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Aug.
Pompeia 6-1 (9-0) Close up, ridden 3f out, effort over 1f out, kept on one pace, 4th of 8, 8l behind Hamelin (9-7) at Leicester 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Oct.
Wizara (IRE) 2-1 (9-5) Tracked leader 2f, prominent, ridden over 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 7, 7l behind Grendisar (9-4) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-80 (4) pol in Oct.
Ice Pie 5-1 (8-9) Led, ridden and headed approaching final furlong, kept on one pace, 2nd of 8, 1 1/2l behind Hamelin (9-7) at Leicester 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Oct.
Silk Train 11-8fav (9-0) Tracked leader, carried wide on bend 3f out, soon recovered, challenged 2f out, ridden to lead and edged right over 1f out, stayed on to assert towards finish, won at Kempton 1m 4f (6) pol in Aug beating Chattanooga Line (9-0) by 2l, 8 ran.
Near Time 9-2 (9-0) In touch, ridden and switched left 2f out, close 3rd over 1f out, kept on, unable to quite challenge, 3rd of 13, 1l behind Diamond Mine (9-5) at Kempton 1m 3f mdn stks (5) pol in Oct.
Tweed 7-2 (9-0) Held up in touch, headway to track leaders 7f out, went 2nd 2f out, shaken up over 1f out, led 1f out, soon drew clear and stayed on strongly, won at Newcastle 1m 4f mdn auc stks (6) sft in Oct beating Arty Campbell (9-5) by 4 1/2l, 7 ran.