Amenable won a division of this handicap last year off a similar mark and has to come into the reckoning while Victoire De Lyphar has tumbled 15lb down the weights this season and will be taking advantage soon. My Son Max scored on the Polytrack last time while Love Island, Mount Hollow and Wild Sauce are also recent winners on a faster surface. Da'Quonde is another to consider on her first start since June but the speculative vote goes to BATHWICK BEAR to end his long losing run with both trip and ground in his favour.
Damika (IRE) 20-1 (9-7) Chased leaders, pushed along halfway, not clear run and switched left over 1f out, ran on well in closing stages, never able to challenge, 5th of 11, 1 1/2l behind Blanc De Chine (9-0) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Victoire De Lyphar (IRE) 10-1 (9-7) Fly leapt leaving stalls, soon led, ridden and headed over 2f out, kept on same pace, no impression with winner final furlong, 2nd of 8, 4l behind Barkston Ash (8-7) at Ayr 6f hcp 0-85 (4) hvy.
Amenable (IRE) 16-1 (9-9) Chased leaders stands side, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 20th of 23, 19l behind Jack Dexter (9-8) at Ayr 6f hcp (4) hvy in Sep.
Excel Bolt 16-1 (9-7) Chased leaders, ridden over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 13th of 19, 9l behind Even Stevens (8-12) at Doncaster 5f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Sep.
Cheveton 13-2 (8-5) Raced stand side, behind, headway under pressure over 1f out, never nearer, 6th of 16, 5l behind Face The Problem (9-7) at Haydock 5f hcp 105 (2) hvy in Sep.
My Son Max 9-1 (9-0) Always prominent, ridden over 1f out, led inside final furlong, ran on, won at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-85 (4) pol beating Partner (9-4) by 1 3/4l, 11 ran.
Mount Hollow 20-1 (8-9) Towards rear, pushed along halfway, headway on outside over 1f out, ran on inside final furlong, never going pace to reach leaders, 7th of 16, 3 1/2l behind Choral (9-2) at Salisbury 6f hcp 0-85 (4) sft.
Wild Sauce 16-1 (9-0) Led, ridden 1f out, headed inside final furlong, soon weakened, 5th of 12, 3 1/2l behind Doctor Parkes (9-6) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Sep.
Bathwick Bear (IRE) 9-1 (9-6) Chased leaders, led halfway, ridden over 1f out, headed approaching final furlong, no chance with winner, lost 2nd final strides, 3rd of 14, 5l behind Magic Secret (9-5) at Windsor 6f hcp 0-80 (4) sft.
Da'quonde (IRE) 2-1fav (9-7) Ridden brielfy leaving stalls, prominent on stands rail, not much room 2f out, edged right and beaten over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 8, 8l behind The Nifty Fox (9-2) at Musselburgh 5f hcp 0-80 (4) sft in Jun.
Love Island 8-1 (8-8) In rear, headway 2f out, not clear run and switched left over 1f out, not clear run and switched left well inside final furlong, not able to challenge, eased close home, 4th of 10, 2 1/4l behind Misplaced Fortune (9-7) at Pontefract 6f flls hcp 0-130 (3) gf in Sep.
Haajes 16-1 (8-12) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 5th of 12, 4l behind Solar Spirit (8-13) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Bouncy Bouncy (IRE) 7-1 (9-7) Held up in rear, switched right over 1f out, ran on final furlong, not reach leaders, 3rd of 14, 2 1/2l behind Ambitious Icarus (8-8) at Nottingham 5f hcp 0-75 (5) gs.
Captain Scooby 14-1 (8-13) Always towards rear, never on terms, 10th of 15, 11l behind Links Drive Lady (9-6) at Windsor 6f hcp 0-80 (4) sft.
Sir Geoffrey (IRE) 33-1 (8-5) In rear stands' side group, pushed along and outpaced, never a factor, 15th of 16, 17l behind Jamaican Bolt (9-7) at Ayr 5f hcp 0-85 (4) hvy in Sep.
Cornus 40-1 (8-13) Mid-division, ridden to chase leaders over 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 9th of 12, 8l behind Dickie Le Davoir (9-1) at Newcastle 6f hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Sep.