The 'Thanks & See You Next Season' Handicap can go the way of CHOSEN FOREVER ahead of Strawberry Moon and Apollo Shark. A tough race that may not encourage too many punters to book their season tickets, however Geoff Oldroyd's unexposed son of Choisir may be the ace in the pack. A winner on debut at Doncaster in July, he recovered from a poor run at this track when second recently at Wolverhampton. Assuming his low draw is not a major negative (previous years inconclusive), punters should get a good run for their money. Red Skipper only has the one win to his name but he should appreciate the return to this trip and won't mind any further rain, Top Tribute is only rated 60 for his handicap debut, whilst Ishiadancer and Half A Crown need watching in the betting on their first handicap runs. Strawberry Moon is a course winner over six furlongs, and she has not been out of the first three in eight starts this season. Maybe I Won't has some fair all-weather form from earlier in the year but this may be a prep run for a return to an artificial surface, so of more interest may be Apollo Shark and Tito whose recent runs have been good, with the former winning a race here at Redcar at big odds. A tough finale, however Chosen Forever gets the nod.
Apollo Shark (IRE) 22-1 (9-4) Made all, quickened halfway, kept on well final furlong, won at Redcar 6f hcp 0-65 (6) gs in Sept beating Imperial Sword (8-6) by 1/2l, 18 ran.
Maybe I Wont 5-1 (8-6) Keen early, soon steadied, headway over 2f out, led well over 1f out, hung left entering final furlong, kept on, won at W'hampton 7f 3yo clm (6) pol in Feb beating Rich Kid (8-13) by 2l, 6 ran.
Blues Minor (IRE) 11-2 (8-12) Pressed winner, every chance over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 2nd of 13, 1 1/2l behind I Confess (8-7) at Lingfield 7f 3yo sll (6) pol.
Strawberry Moon (IRE) 8-1 (9-4) Chased leaders, effort over 2f out, kept on, 3rd of 11, 2l behind Avontuur (8-9) at Ayr 6f hcp 0-70 (5) hvy.
Tito (IRE) 7-1 (9-3) Held up, headway over 2f out, kept on one pace inside final furlong, 4th of 13, 2 1/2l behind Motivated Choice (8-12) at Windsor 6f mdn stk (5) gs.
This Ones For Eddy 14-1 (9-5) Slowly into stride, behind, not much room from 2f out until approaching final furlong, ran on strongly inside final furlong, finished well, 4th of 16, 4 1/2l behind Multahab (8-8) at Brighton 5f hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Sept.
Chosen Forever 14-1 (9-3) Mid-division, headway over 3f out, hung right over 2f out, kept on under pressure to take second near finish, no impression on winner, 2nd of 10, 1 1/2l behind Imperial Lucky (9-3) at W'hampton 7f hcp 0-65 (6) pol.
Ishiadancer 16-1 (8-12) Led, ridden and headed over 1f out, one pace, 2nd of 11, 3l behind Bahamian Kid (9-3) at W'hampton 7f mdn aut stk (6) pol in Sept.
Irving Place 13-2 (9-2) In touch, weakened approaching final furlong, 11th of 16, 11l behind Music Box Express (8-8) at Warwick 6f hcp 0-65 (6) gd in Sept.
Bertie Vista 12-1 (9-0) In touch, ridden over 1f out, led approaching final furlong, headed and no extra close home, 2nd of 15, nk behind Trans Sonic (8-12) at Catterick 7f hcap (6) gs in Sept.
Red Skipper (IRE) 7-1 (8-9) Held up, headway and hung left 2f out, no chance with winner final furlong, 2nd of 10, 3 1/2l behind Grit (9-1) at Ayr 1m 3yo hcp (5) hvy in Sept.
Orchestrion 16-1 (8-8) Behind, ridden 2f out, never on terms, 5th of 7, 9l behind Badweia (9-6) at Newcastle 7f fll hcp (5) hvy.
Rowaad 66-1 (9-3) Steadied start, towards rear, headway over 2f out, never on terms, 7th of 12, 17l behind Sirocco Breeze (9-3) at Leicester 7f 3yo mdn (5) sft.
Dhhamaan (IRE) 66-1 (8-13) Chased leaders, led after 1f, headed 2f out, soon weakened, last of 14, 12l behind Keys of Cyprus (9-4) at Musselburgh 7f hcap (6) sft in Sept.
Brother Barry (USA) 9-1 (8-12) Chased leaders, lost place over 2f out, soon weakened, 9th of 10, 38l behind Barkass (9-0) at Newcastle 1m hcp 0-70 (5) hvy.
Top Tribute 40-1 (9-3) Led, ridden over 3f out, headed over 1f out, soon weakened, 11th of 16, 21l behind Otaared (9-3) at Nottingham 1m mdn stk (5) gs.
Bohobe (IRE) 10-1 (9-0) Prominent, ridden over 2f out, weakened well over 1f out, last of 9, 18l behind Hurricane Harriet (8-11) at Yarmouth 6f 3yo fll hcp 0-100 (5) sft in Aug.
Rub of The Relic (IRE) 16-1 (8-7) Soon towards rear, never dangerous, 9th of 14, 16l behind Dan Chillingworth (9-4) at Southwell 7f hcp 0-75 (5) fbs in Sept.
Orpenella 12-1 (8-10) With leaders, led over 2f out, headed over 1f out, one pace, 3rd of 14, 4 1/2l behind Dan Chillingworth (9-4) at Southwell 7f hcp 0-75 (5) fbs in Sept.
Half A Crown (IRE) 10-1 (9-3) Prominent, driven to lead over 1f out, headed approaching final furlong, one pace inside final furlong, 4th of 15, 6l behind Strawberry Moon (8-12) at Redcar 6f mdn stk (5) gs in Sept.