Major Muscari was winning for the first time this year when successful over course and distance but a 5lb rise is off-putting. Pearl Noir is upped 4lb after beating Douneedahand, Insolenceofoffice and Interchoice Star over 5f here last week and should be thereabouts but the frustrating Lucky Mark was placed yet again on his latest start. The lightly-raced RANDOM (NAP) makes more appeal on her handicap debut after a recent comeback at Redcar and she gets the vote.
Honey Meadow 50-1 (7-9) Off the pace towards rear, ridden halfway, some headway over 2f out, weakened well over 1f out, 10th of 17, 11l behind Mon Brav (8-13) at Nottingham 6f hcp (3) gf.
Three Pips 50-1 (8-10) Prominent, bumped over 4f out, ridden and lost place over 3f out, last of 13, 21l behind Bondi Beach Boy (9-7) at Pontefract 5f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Sep.
Pearl Noir 11-1 (8-11) Tracked leaders, ridden 2f out, led inside final furlong, won at Wolverhampton 5f hcp 0-60 (6) beating Give Us A Belle (9-5) by 1l, 12 ran.
Douneedahand 10-1 (9-0) Mid-division, ridden and headway over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, not reach leaders, 4th of 12, 4l behind Pearl Noir (8-11) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp 0-60 (6).
Insolenceofoffice (IRE) 20-1 (8-13) Always in rear, 11th of 12, 9l behind Pearl Noir (8-11) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp 0-60 (6).
Random 25-1 (9-0) In touch, pushed along halfway, ridden over 1f out, kept on to take 4th place close home, 4th of 7, 4 1/2l behind Foxtrot Pearl (9-0) at Redcar 6f mdn stks (5) gf in Sep.
Lucky Mark (IRE) 2-1fav (9-8) Tracked winner, ridden over 1f out, kept on and every chance inside final furlong, held towards finish, 2nd of 12, 1/2l behind Dream Sika (9-1) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp (6) in Sep.
Methaaly (IRE) 28-1 (8-6) Held up, ridden 2f out, never on terms, 9th of 14, 10l behind Lord Buffhead (8-10) at Ayr 6f hcp 0-65 (6) sft.
Hit The Lights (IRE) 10-1 (9-1) Chased leaders, pushed along over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 10, 7l behind Chapellerie (9-5) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp (0-65) (6) in Sep.
De Repente (IRE) 14-1 (9-3) Always towards rear, last of 7, 17l behind Perfect Words (9-2) at Catterick 5f hcp 0-60 (6) gf in Aug.
Major Muscari (IRE) 15-2 (9-4) In touch, ridden and headway over 1f out, led inside final furlong, ran on, won at Wolverhampton 6f hcp (6) in Sep beating Reginald Claude (8-13) by 1 1/4l, 12 ran.
Interchoice Star 20-1 (9-5) Mid-division, ridden 2f out, never nearer, 7th of 12, 6l behind Pearl Noir (8-11) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp 0-60 (6).
Prince Of Passion (CAN) 20-1 (11-0) Started slowly, some headway 3f out, weakened halfway, 6th of 7, 15l behind Pharoh Jake (11-4) at Windsor 5f am hcp 0-65 (6) sft.