Mistoffelees may struggle to win this running at the top of the handicap whilst Iceman George is looking for the hat-trick but we side with CONTRADIKTIVE to take advantage of a good mark here and edge out what looks a tight affair. The pick has finished runner up twice recently and was not far behind Ghufa at Newbury latest. The trip looks suitable given that most recent run and could score for the first time here. Mistoffelees showed very little in his first handicap start and may find it tough again today. Iceman George only narrowly managed his two latest wins and although he has to be respected for battling to those victories, off a higher mark again today, he may struggle to make it three-in-a-row. Quince hasn't looked like winning of late and Sweet Seville who runs in the first-time visor may find this tricky now returned to the flat after performing over the hurdles. Contradiktive could be the one to side with in this contest.
Mistoffelees 13-2 (8-8) Dwelt, behind, rapid headway to chase leaders 8f out, ridden and hung left 3f out, lost place soon after, kept on again inside final furlong, 8th of 14, 8l behind Silk Drum (8-10) at Doncaster 1m 4f app hcp 0-70 (5) gf in May.
Iceman George 11-2 (9-0) Slowly into stride, held up in rear, ran wide bend over 4f out, headway over 3f out, ridden and edged left over 2f out, led over 1f out, driven out, won at Yarmouth 1m 2f hcp (6) gf in May beating Sharp Sovereign (8-7) by 3/4l, 12 ran.
Quince (IRE) 9-2 (9-0) In rear, ridden over 3f out, never on terms, 5th of 8, 10l behind Channel Crossing (8-6) at Leicester 1m 4f app hcp 0-60 (6) gf in May.
Comrade Cotton 6-1 (8-7) Ridden in rear 3f out, never a factor, 9th of 11, 13l behind Le Corvee (8-1) at Lingfield 1m 3f hcp (6) gf in Jun.
Contradiktive (IRE) 9-1 (8-5) Led until narrowly headed 5f out, chased leader, led again over 1f out, ridden and hung left entering final furlong, headed and not pace of winner final 110 yards, 2nd of 11, 1l behind Ghufa (9-10) at Newbury 1m 3f app hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Jun.
Sweet Seville (FR) 25-1 (8-7) Led, headed 8f out, weakened quickly, tailed off, virtually pulled up final 3f, last of 14, well behind Coda Agency (9-9) at Kempton 2m hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Feb.
Greystoke Prince 100-1 (8-2) In rear, never a factor, 8th of 13, 13l behind Sacrilege (9-6) at Newmarket 1m app hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Jun.
Renege The Joker 100-1 (8-5) Prominent, chased winner over 12f out until over 4f out, weakened over 3f out, tailed off, 10th of 11, well behind Lady Hestia (9-8) at Yarmouth 1m 6f hcp 0-60 (6) gf in Aug.