CATCHPENNY is narrowly preferred here to Carnival Dream and Spinning Ridge. Kevin Ryan's filly is less exposed than many of her rivals and she is expected to run well following a good Southwell second last time out. Her mark has been reassessed because of that run but a bold bid is still expected. Chosen Forever is dropping down the handicap and he needs a market check on this return to action, Carnival Dream has a 7lb rise in the weights for a win here last time and is still unexposed over this trip, whilst Romantic Verse is a course and distance winner who looks of more interest now back in distance. Top-weight Spinning Ridge also drops in trip today which should suit and Ron Harris' gelding is considered despite another rise in the weights for a Lingfield second last time out. Megalo Maniac represents shrewd connections and must be a player, despite a lengthy losing streak. An open handicap, but we are happy to side with Catchpenny.
Spinning Ridge (IRE) 8-1 (9-2) Tracked leaders, effort between horses to lead approaching 1f out, driven inside final furlong, headed towards finish, 2nd of 12, nk behind Holyfield Warrior (8-8) at Lingfield 1m hcp (6) pol.
Romantic Verse 50-1 (9-2) Chased leaders, weakened 3f out, last of 13, 32l behind Cadeaux Fax (9-2) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Oct.
Greek Secret 25-1 (9-0) In rear, headway over 1f out, ridden and kept on, never dangerous, 6th of 13, 8l behind Fantasy Fighter (8-11) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp (6) pol.
Carnival Dream 20-1 (8-6) Held up mid-division, headway over 2f out, led inside final furlong, kept on, won at Wolverhampton 6f Apprentice Handicap (0-52) (3yo+) (6) pol beating Tag Team (8-8) by 2 1/4l, 11 ran.
Interchoice Star 20-1 (9-3) Held up, headway on inner to chase leaders over 1f out, kept on same pace, 3rd of 12, 2 3/4l behind Oriental Cavalier (9-3) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f mdn auc stks (6) pol.
Chosen Forever 20-1 (9-5) Mid-division, ridden 2f out, soon weakened, 15th of 18, 10l behind Just Sam (9-3) at Redcar 6f hcp 0-60 (6) gf in Aug.
Catchpenny 18-1 (8-12) Ridden along in rear after 1f, driven and headway over 1f out, stayed on under strong pressure to take 2nd post, 2nd of 10, 1 1/2l behind Ponting (9-3) at Southwell 6f mdn stks (5) fbs.
Philmack Dot Com 9-1 (9-4) Chased leaders, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 10th of 12, 7l behind La Gifted (9-2) at Lingfield 7f app hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Oct.
The City Kid (IRE) 12-1 (9-1) Towards rear, stayed on final furlong, 5th of 12, 7l behind My Sweet Georgia (9-4) at Southwell 7f hcp 0-60 (6) fbs.
Megalo Maniac 9-2 (9-0) Held up, took keen hold, headway over 1f out, stayed on same pace, 4th of 12, 6l behind Punching (9-3) at Southwell 6f hcp 0-60 (6) fbs.
King's Jester (IRE) 8-1 (9-6) Held up towards rear, headway over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 5th of 10, 5l behind Mr Lu (9-0) at Ayr 7f hcp 0-60 (6) gf in Oct.
Silca Meydan 12-1 (8-10) Always behind, 11th of 12, 23l behind Magroom (9-6) at Chepstow 1m hcp 0-65 (6) gd in Sep.