Richard Hannon has won the last two of these and both Indignant, a good second at Newbury on his reappearance, and the returning easy Newmarket maiden winner Beautiful View, have prospects in another wide open handicap. Pythagorean has won two Leicester handicaps at this trip and was impressive last time despite swerving in the closing stages. He'll be thereabouts but anyone who saw DEFENDANT land his maiden in emphatic style at Beverley won't want to miss him on his handicap debut from a mark of 85 and he's handed the vote. Burning Blaze didn't get the run of the race on his reappearance at Newmarket but caught the eye and can get involved.
Shahdaroba (IRE) 12-1 (9-1) Tracked leader, ridden over 2f out, weakening when hampered over 1f out, 13th of 14, 22l behind Hasopop (9-7) at Newmarket 6f 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) gf in May.
Chelwood Gate (IRE) 13-2 (9-3) Towards rear, headway over 2f out, went 2nd over 1f out, pushed along to lead inside final furlong, kept on well, won at Newcastle 6f 2yo mdn aut (6) gd in Jun '12 beating Lewisham (9-3) by 1l, 8 ran.
Baddilini 20-1 (9-0) Towards rear, ridden over 2f out, never a factor, 6th of 8, 12l behind Here Comes When (8-10) at Chester 1m 3yo hcp 0-100 (2) gd in May.
Pythagorean 5-6fav (9-12) Held up, pushed along and headway over 2f out, ridden to lead when hung left entering final furlong, straightened and ran on, won at Leicester 7f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) gd in May beating Majestic Moon (9-7) by 2l, 9 ran.
Lancelot Du Lac (ITY) 7-2fav (8-9) Held up in rear, headway entering final 2f, ridden and no impression final furlong, 9th of 13, 12l behind Heaven's Guest (8-7) at Epsom Downs 7f 3yo hcp 0-100 (2) gs in May.
Beautiful View 15-8fav (9-0) Tracked leaders, led approaching final furlong, edged left and quickened clear inside final furlong, comfortably, won at Newmarket 7f 2yo stks (4) sft in Nov beating Omoor (9-0) by 3 1/2l, 10 ran.
Indignant 7-1 (9-7) Prominent, ridden and every chance over 1f out, kept on same pace closing stages, 2nd of 12, 1 1/4l behind Annecdote (9-7) at Newbury 7f 3yo fll hcp 0-85 (4) gf in May.
Burning Blaze 9-1 (8-7) In rear, headway and switched right over 1f out, switched left inside final furlong, ran on, not reach leaders, 5th of 14, 1 3/4l behind Hasopop (9-7) at Newmarket 6f 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) gf in May.
Defendant 4-7fav (9-3) With leader, led over 1f out, soon ridden, ran on strongly, won at Beverley 7f mdn stks (5) gd in May beating Dairam (9-3) by 4 1/2l, 10 ran.
Intimidate 3-1 (9-7) Led, headed over 2f out, soon weakened, last of 7, 31l behind Off Art (9-7) at Doncaster 7f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gs in May.
Secret Art (IRE) 8-11fav (9-5) Tracked leader, led over 3f out, ridden clear over 1f out, ran on, won at Nottingham 1m 3yo mdn (5) gs in May beating Cosseted (9-0) by 1 3/4l, 10 ran.
Bold Prediction (IRE) 10-1 (8-11) In touch, ridden over 1f out, staying on one pace when not much room inside final furlong, 5th of 7, 4l behind Lord Ashley (9-0) at Haydock 6f 3yo stk 0-80 (4) gf in May.
Ceelo 50-1 (9-6) Led, ridden 2f out, headed and hampered entering final furlong, kept on, 3rd of 9, 4l behind Pythagorean (9-12) at Leicester 7f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) gd in May.
Skytrain 11-1 (9-5) Bumped and hampered start, in rear, never a factor, 7th of 9, 9l behind Pythagorean (9-12) at Leicester 7f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) gd in May.
Unknown Villain (IRE) 7-1 (8-8) Mid-division, headway over 1f out, ridden and stayed on inside final furlong, 4th of 16, 2 1/4l behind Lancelot Du Lac (9-1) at York 7f 3yo hcp 0-90 (3) gs in May.