PRIVATE EQUITY has won two of her last three starts and she's a relatively confident pick in this "Hands and Heels" handicap with Red Wine and Ardmaddy rated among the dangers.We've seen much improved form from the pick since being upped in trip and introduced to handicaps. She won her first two efforts in these ranks, including over course and distance, and although she was a disappointment last time she is still lightly raced and can bounce back.Red Wine is the shadow of the horse he was but still looks capable of landing a race of this ilk. He was on top in a better race at Doncaster in May and amongst this company still commands respect.Ardmaddy and Sir Sandicliffe look a couple more of the likelier sorts after both found just the one too good last time plus both remain on fair ratings but in a race where most have negatives we are most positive about Private Equity.
Ardmaddy (IRE) 8-1 (8-10) In touch, effort 2f out, went 2nd over 1f out, led inside final furlong, headed final strides, 2nd of 14, hd behind Slick Mover (9-4) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Jan.
Royal Rainbow 7-1 (9-2) Mid-division, headway to track leader 6f out, ridden to lead 2f out, soon headed, weakened final furlong, 7th of 12, 13l behind Isle de Maurice (9-4) at Lingfield 2m Selling Handicap (0-60) (4yo+) (6) pol.
Sir Sandicliffe (IRE) 14-1 (8-9) Held up, headway over 2f out, chased winner over 1f out, stayed on and edged left, inside final furlong, 2nd of 12, 4 1/2l behind Sinbad The Sailor (9-4) at Wolverhampton 2m hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Private Equity (IRE) 4-5fav (9-3) Tracked leading pair, went 2nd 8f out, hard ridden 2f out, no response over 1f out and weakened final furlong, 5th of 7, 5l behind Jiggalong (8-11) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Dec.
Red Wine 14-1 (8-8) Behind, never nearer, 7th of 13, 23l behind Aaman (9-0) at Southwell 1m 6f app hcp (0-55) (6) fbs in Jan.
Desert Hawk 100-1 (8-4) Slowly into stride, behind, kept on to take remote 4th, 4th of 13, 21l behind Aaman (9-0) at Southwell 1m 6f app hcp (0-55) (6) fbs in Jan.
April The Second 66-1 (8-7) Behind, ridden over 4f out, soon no impression, 9th of 12, 14l behind Highland River (8-12) at Southwell 1m 3f hcp 0-60 (6) fbs in Jan.
Telling Stories (IRE) 20-1 (8-2) Held up towards rear, headway over 1f out, never on terms, 6th of 14, 3 1/2l behind Eightdaysaweek (8-11) at Southwell 1m 3f hcp 0-60 (6) fbs in Apr.
Free Falling 150-1 (9-1) Slowly into stride, soon led, headed well over 3f out, very one paced from 2f out, 3rd of 9, 18l behind Aaman (9-13) at Southwell 1m 6f Amateur Handicap (0-65) (4yo+) (6) fbs.