It will be interesting to see how Swing Bill performs on his first start for David Pipe having formerly been trained by Henrietta Knight when last seen over two years ago but a safer option looks to be MARIA ANTONIA, who gets the vote ahead of Stumped. The last mentioned has been running well of late, mainly in sellers, and lost no caste in defeat behind Rathrockscourt back in a handicap at Newton Abbot earlier this month. Racing off the same mark today he has solid claims of resuming winning ways. Gary Moore's Harry Tricker looks a shade high in the weights for his belated reappearance but cannot be discounted with the yard back among the winners. Kickahead won well over course and distance last time but an 8lb rise for that may prevent him from following up and of more interest may be Super Ross, who has been running well in sellers and claimers of late and could be of interest back in a handicap. The vote then goes to Alison Thorpe's Maria Antonia, who has shown improved form throughout the season, was good value for his win at Newton Abbot last month and he is taken to defy the 10lb rise for that success.
Harry Tricker 7-2 (10-12) Held up, mistake 1st, headway approaching 6th, hung right after 3 out, chased winner form 2 out, lost 2nd flat, no extra, 3rd of 9, 2 1/2l behind Nortonthorpe Lad (11-2) at Ludlow 2m hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gs in Feb.
Treaty Flyer (IRE) 15-2 (10-9) Held up in rear, headway 4th, chased leaders 3 out, soon weakened, 13th of 15, 38l behind Toshi (11-0) at Bangor 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-145 (2) gd in Aug.
Zahra's Place 14-1 (11-0) Held up towards rear, ridden after 5th, headway when blundered badly and hampered 2 out, no impression, 6th of 13, 8l behind Princess Flame (10-10) at Leicester 2m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gs in Dec.
Elaala (USA) 14-1 (10-4) Behind, headway 3 out, soon faded, 11th of 15, 33l behind Toshi (11-0) at Bangor 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-145 (2) gd in Aug.
Swing Bill (FR) 8-1 (11-2) Held up in rear, moderate headway approaching 2 out, 9th of 17, 25l behind Oslot (11-3) at Sandown 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-140 (2) gd in Apr '07.
Hello Nod 14-1 (9-10) Held up in rear, headway 3 out, chased leaders approaching last, kept on under pressure, 3rd of 15, 1l behind Toshi (11-0) at Bangor 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-145 (2) gd in Aug.
Grantsville (GER) 8-1 (11-7) Mid-division, steady progress from 4 out to dispute lead before straight, led approaching 2 out, headed before last, no extra and dropped to 3rd run-in, 3rd of 17, 5l behind Ireland's Call (11-7) at Limerick 2m hdl gd in Jul.
Rockiteer (IRE) 10-1 (10-8) Chased leaders, pushed along and lost place after 5th, no chance from 7th, last of 8, 40l behind Ellerslie Tom (11-0) at Uttoxeter 2m hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gf in Apr.
Stumped 7-1 (11-9) Held up, chased leaders after 3 out, every chance last, no extra towards finish, 3rd of 12, 1 1/2l behind Rathrockscourt (11-0) at Newton Abbot 2m 3f cond hcp hdl 0-1115 (4) gf.
Dancewiththedevil (IRE) 16-1 (10-2) Mid-division, smooth headway 4 out, led next, headed after last, no extra, 5th of 15, 2 1/4l behind Toshi (11-0) at Bangor 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-145 (2) gd in Aug.
Super Ross (IRE) 5-2fav (10-7) In touch, raced keenly, led after 2 out, clear last, stayed on well, won at Southwell 3m 2f clm hdl (5) gd in Aug beating Grenoli (10-7) by 6l, 12 ran.
Eyeffess (IRE) 16-1 (11-3) Held up towards rear, headway in 8th 2 out, ridden into moderate 5th before last, kept on same pace, 5th of 20, 23l behind Dr Kildare (10-3) at Down Royal 2m hcp hdl 80-102 in Aug.
Le Corvee (IRE) 20-1 (11-1) Mid-division, ridden 4 out, well beaten when refused last, in a race won by Merchant Red (11-1) at Wetherby 2m beg chs (4) gf in Nov, 10 ran.
Maria Antonia (IRE) 4-1 (11-6) Made all, clear apprahcing 3rd until after 5th, drew clear again approaching 2 out, unchallenged, won at Newton Abbot 2m 1f nov hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gf in Aug beating Sweet World (11-5) by 7l, 13 ran.
Kickahead (USA) 4-1 (11-7) Held up in rear, raced keenly, headway 6th, went 2nd before 2 out, led last, ran on well, won at Stratford 2m am hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gf in Aug beating Dabaratsa (11-12) by 2l, 9 ran.
Priest Field (IRE) 7-1 (10-12) Held up towards rear, weakened approaching 2 out, 5th of 9, 13l behind Dirar (11-4) at Southwell 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Jul.