MOON CRYSTAL is our call in a trappy handicap with Redarsene and Quick Off The Mark respected as dangers. Moon Crystal has taken her chances in some fair handicaps at Great Leighs of late and while on balance, this appears to be no easier, the combination of a drop in trip and a helping hand from the handicapper just might change her luck. Redarsene hails from an unfashionable yard. He was in the process of running a decent race at Yarmouth before the saddle unceremoniously slipped. Quick Off The Mark represents a yard that are having winners. She was clearly fancied in a couple of maidens and it will be interesting to see what she has to offer in handicaps. Bramalea won recently over course and distance. The form of that race was upheld by Beetuna on Friday evening. Sir Ike has looked a likely winner on a couple of occasions and it would be no surprise to see him supported again. August Gale was rated in the high 80's when trained by Mark Johnston. First time blinkers have been applied by Gerald Kelly. Casino Night has been in good heart and showed plenty of tenaciousness when obliging at Newmarket on Friday. Talon can be forgiven a below par run on heavy going at Ayr. MOON CRYSTAL is our recommendation.
Bramalea 11-1 (9-1) In touch, ridden to lead over 1f out, kept on, ridden out, won at W'hampton 1m 1f hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Oct beating Beetuna (9-2) by a nk, 13 ran.
Redarsene 15-2 (9-3) Soon pushed along to race in mid-division, lost place halfway, ridden and headway over 1f out, eased inside final furlong, 6th of 14, 4l behind Zeffirelli (8-12) at Yarmouth 7f 3yo sll (6) gd in Sept.
Moon Crystal 11-1 (9-1) Held up towards rear, headway when bumped over 1f out, stayed on under pressure final furlong, 4th of 10, 4 1/2l behind Intabih (9-10) at Great Leighs 1m 2f 3yo hcp (5) pol in Oct.
Casino Night 10-1 (8-13) Slowly into stride, raced far side, chased leader after 2f, led and overall leader over 4f out, made rest, ridden over 2f out, ridden out, won at Newmarket 1m 3yo app hcp (5) gs in Oct beating Misplaced Fortune (8-2) by 2l, 12 ran.
Bookiebasher Babe (IRE) 8-1 (8-13) Led, headed well over 1f out, soon weakened, 9th of 12, 22l behind Intabih (9-1) at W'hampton 1m 1f 3yo hcp (5) pol in Oct.
Quick Off The Mark 40-1 (8-12) Chased leaders, chased leader over 3f out, weakened 2f out, 10th of 16, 17l behind Otaared (9-3) at Nottingham 1m mdn stk (5) gs in Oct.
Blues Minor (IRE) 40-1 (8-7) Always in rear, 13th of 16, 22l behind Dancing Maite (8-11) at Leicester 7f clm (5) gs in Oct.
Sir Ike (IRE) 8-1 (8-1) Behind, pushed along 3f out, headway on outer 2f out, soon hung right under pressure, driven and stayed on inside final furlong, went 3rd near finish, 3rd of 14, 4l behind Spate River (9-4) at Goodwood 1m 3yo hcp (5) gf in Oct.
August Gale (USA) 66-1 (8-13) In touch, ridden over 3f out, soon lost place, last of 13, 23l behind It's A Dream (8-10) at W'hampton 1m 1f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Oct.
Moscow Oznick 11-1 (8-11) Chased leader to 3f out, driven 2f out, kept on one pace under pressure final furlong, 6th of 14, 3l behind Duty Doctor (9-1) at Brighton 1m hcp 0-65 (6) gs in Oct.
Alfredtheordinary 11-1 (8-4) Held up in touch, joined leader 4f out, ridden to lead 2f out, headed over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 10, 8l behind Phoenix Flight (9-3) at Great Leighs 1m 2f 3yo hcp (5) pol in Oct.
Lujano 25-1 (9-2) In touch, ridden over 3f out, weakening when hampered inside final furlong, 6th of 12, 4 1/2l behind Hucking Heat (9-8) at W'hampton 1m 1f hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Oct.
Talon (IRE) 7-1 (8-8) With leaders until weakened over 1f out, 8th of 10, 28l behind Grit (9-1) at Ayr 1m 3yo hcp (5) hvy in Sept.