A poor stayers' handicap where DIKTATORSHIP is given another chance to score for the in-form Jennie Candlish, while Iguacu and Colourful Move are respected. The selection's recent efforts have admittedly left a bit to be desired, but he went very well for a long way at this track before tiring last time over 2m 1f, and this drop back in trip looks a positive. There is nothing wrong with the wellbeing of the yard's runners at the moment and we will chance him. Purely By Chance was a two-mile scorer at Kempton last month but then thrashed here over a similar trip to that last time. She has fluffed her lines on both runs here and has it to prove both on the surface and over this shorter trip. Iguacu carries a penalty for a narrow Kempton success over 1m 4f earlier in the week and George Baker's gelding is in cracking form at present. In such a weak field he looks likely to go very well, though pedigree suggests that this step up in trip may be the stopping point. Colourful Move has put together nothing more than a solid CV in the context of this race, but he will see out the trip and he didn't appear beaten by the surface when last seen here in October, so he could make the frame. Carr Hall and Squirtle will probably both join battle for the minor honours, but we prefer to chance Diktatorship.
Iguacu 7-2 (8-8) Held up in rear, headway on outer over 2f out, kept on to lead close home, won at Kempton 1m 4f hcp (6) pol beating Silken Promise (8-13) by nk, 11 ran.
Little Carmela 16-1 (8-10) In touch, pushed along over 3f out, no progress over 2f out, 9th of 13, 4 1/2l behind Chalice Welcome (9-6) at Lingfield 1m 4f hcp 0-70 (5) pol.
Barodine 8-1 (9-4) Held up, mid-division, one pace final furlong, 7th of 11, 7l behind Iguacu (8-8) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp (6) pol.
Purely By Chance 13-2 (8-12) Chased leader, weakened 4f out, 6th of 11, 14l behind Black Or Red (10-0) at Wolverhampton 2m hcp (0-65) (6) pol.
Colourful Move 7-2 (9-6) Held up, pushed along 5f out, wide, driven and headway entering final 3f, went 3rd over 1f out, kept on, never dangerous, 3rd of 11, 12l behind Saute (9-4) at Southwell 1m 6f hcp 0-60 (6) fbs.
Carr Hall (IRE) 7-1 (8-10) Held up, wide and headway to track leaders over 5f out, went 2nd over 4f out, ridden to lead over 2f out, joined inside final furlong, headed and no extra, 4th of 14, 4l behind Mr Plod (8-13) at Lingfield 1m 4f hcp 0-50 (7) pol.
Diktatorship (IRE) 16-1 (9-1) Held up in touch, chased leaders halfway, led over 2f out, soon headed, weakened well over 1f out, 5th of 11, 10l behind Black Or Red (10-0) at Wolverhampton 2m hcp (0-65) (6) pol.
Squirtle (IRE) 13-2 (9-1) Held up, kept on from over 1f, out no impression, 4th of 11, 8l behind Black Or Red (10-0) at Wolverhampton 2m hcp (0-65) (6) pol.
Casablanca Minx (IRE) 33-1 (8-10) Held up towards rear, headway over 1f out, never on terms, 5th of 12, 10l behind Ghufa (9-8) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f sell stks (6) pol.
Royal Rainbow 25-1 (8-13) Held up in touch and keen, reminders over 6f out, soon lost place, 6th of 13, 11l behind Swords (8-13) at Southwell 1m 4f hcp (6) fbs in Nov.
Spruzzo 40-1 (8-10) Raced wide mid-division, ridden and headway 3f out, weakened 2f out, 13th of 15, 11l behind Urban Space (9-4) at Nottingham 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-60 (6) gf in Apr.
Treetops Hotel (IRE) 66-1 (8-7) Always behind, tailed off, 8th of 9, 28l behind Altos Reales (8-8) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Transfered (IRE) 14-1 (8-12) Pulled hard led, ridden and headed 3f out, weakened approaching final furlong, 8th of 12, 14l behind King Red (9-11) at Wolverhampton 1m 6f mdn stks (5) pol in Nov.