PARIS ROSE is worth sticking with in this. Willie Haggas' filly is due to go up 8lb for an easy win at Redcar last week so is fancied to shrug off a 6lb penalty today as she makes her handicap debut. Tajheez is already proven in handicaps as he chases a hat-trick after victories at Kempton and Haydock last time. The latter looks the obvious danger unless Patriotic can find a bit more after a recent second at Yarmouth or winning hurdler Odin can better his earlier efforts on the Flat.
Odin (IRE) 9-2fav (9-9) Tracked leaders on inside, lost place 4f out, not much room over 3f out, no impression after, 4th of 7, 10l behind Bradbury (8-13) at Wolverhampton 2m hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Jan.
Patriotic (IRE) 7-2 (9-2) In touch, ridden over 2f out, stayed on to go 2nd towards finish, 2nd of 7, 2 1/4l behind Zeyran (8-12) at Yarmouth 1m hcp 0-80 (4) gf in May.
Amoya (GER) 20-1 (8-11) Led and set decent pace, ridden over 1f out, headed 1f out, soon lost 2nd, stayed on same pace and lost 3rd towards finish, 4th of 7, 4 1/2l behind Star Lahib (9-4) at Chester 1m 4f fll hcp (0-85) (4yo+) (4) gd.
Paris Rose 7-2 (8-9) Made all, hard ridden over 1f out, driven clear over 1f out, ran on strongly, won at Redcar 1m 2f mdn stks (5) gf beating Dance King (9-0) by 8l, 8 ran.
Tajheez (IRE) 15-8fav (9-7) Held up, headway when hampered over 2f out, ridden to lead approaching final furlong, edged left and ran on final furlong, won at Haydock 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gs beating Astrum (9-2) by 1l, 13 ran.
Three Choirs (IRE) 10-1 (8-13) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, last of 7, 16l behind Royal Signaller (9-0) at Goodwood 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gd.
Handsome Stranger (IRE) 25-1 (8-1) Held up in last pair, plugging on but no chance when short of room well over 1f out, 7th of 9, 11l behind Pivotal Silence (9-4) at Lingfield 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) pol.