A good quality handicap that looks extremely competitive though NO HERETIC will be difficult to beat. David Simcock's charge, a late maturer who scored over the trip at Epsom in August, loves fast ground as he showed with an emphatic victory here on his reappearance over today's rival Suegioo and, with just a 4lb rise to contend with, he looks the one to beat. Handsome Man looks a smart staying handicapper who won over 1m6f at Yarmouth in September and just failed in a similar grade contest at Thirsk on his reappearance. Rawaki scored on heavy ground at Yarmouth in October and ran really well on his return in a Hamiliton Listed handicap but Gabrial The Great has shown his best form on ground with plenty of give. Angel Gabrial takes a slight step up in class from his Ascot victory but had Suegioo behind over 1m2f here in August so has to be respected.
Parlour Games 6-1 (8-11) In touch, headway to chase winner over 2f out until over 1f out, soon weakened, 7th of 9, 8l behind Electrolyser (9-0) at Nottingham 1m 6f Listed Stakes (4yo+) (1) gs in Apr '12.
Handsome Man (IRE) 5-1 (9-5) In touch, pushed along over 3f out, ridden and headway on outer from over 1f out, every chance inside final furlong, ran on, 2nd of 11, hd behind Itlaaq (9-2) at Thirsk 1m 4f hcp 0-100 (2) gd in Apr.
No Heretic 12-1 (9-1) Keen to post, close up, headway to chase leader over 2f out, led over 1f out, wandered under pressure, ran on, won at Newmarket 1m 4f hcp 0-105 (2) gf in May beating Suegioo (9-0) by 1 1/4l, 12 ran.
Signed Up 11-2 (9-0) Led, headed well over 2f out, ridden and weakened over 1f out, last of 9, 12l behind Biographer (9-0) at Ascot 1m 6f Listed stks 3yo (1) sft in Oct.
Angel Gabrial (IRE) 13-2 (8-13) Held up last, good headway on outside over 2f out, chased leaders 2f out, went 2nd and hung right over 1f out, driven to lead inside final furlong, stayed on well, won at Ascot 1m 4f hcp 0-95 (3) gf in May beating Noble Alan (9-0) by 3/4l, 11 ran.
Rawaki (IRE) 8-1 (8-12) Held up mid-division, headway 2f out, ridden over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, 3rd of 10, 2 1/4l behind Mijhaar (9-10) at Hamilton 1m 4f listed hcp 0-110 (1) gs in May.
Vasily 20-1 (8-4) Led, ridden and headed narrowly over 1f out, still every chance when badly hampered inside final furlong, lost 2nd near finish, 3rd of 10, 1 1/4l behind Area Fifty One (8-13) at Epsom Downs 1m 2f hcp 0-105 (2) gd in Apr.
Suegioo (FR) 12-1 (9-0) In touch, ridden over 2f out, effort when short of room over 1f out, stayed on to go 2nd inside final furlong, not trouble winner, 2nd of 12, 1 1/4l behind No Heretic (9-1) at Newmarket 1m 4f hcp 0-105 (2) gf in May.
Highland Castle 12-1 (8-12) Held up last, closer order 5f out, went modest 4th over 3f out, struggling over 2f out, dropped to last again over 1f out, tailed off, last of 5, 25l behind Ektihaam (8-12) at Ascot 1m 4f Listed Stakes (4yo+) (1) gf in May.
Gabrial The Great (IRE) 11-2 (9-1) Led after 1f, driven over 2f out, headed 1f out, kept on, no extra in 3rd towards finish, 3rd of 11, 2 3/4l behind Clon Brulee (9-1) at Redcar 1m 2f hcp 105 (2) gf in May.
Solaras Exhibition (IRE) 8-1 (9-7) Slowly into stride, mid-division, headway over 2f out, never on terms, 7th of 12, 14l behind Lady Kashaan (9-4) at Musselburgh 1m 6f hcp 0-90 (3) gs in Mar.