Quite A Thing was expected to do better at Wolverhampton last time, but the 7f may have found her out and she's not easily overlooked back over today's trip with headgear applied for the first time. However, MEZZOTINT makes more appeal on his handicap debut. His maiden win at Wolverhampton looks decent form with third-placed Sky Crossing having since won and Marco Botti's colt gets the nod. Fortrose Academy and Taffe are other maiden winners to consider, as they're less exposed than the likes of recent 5f winner Gin Twist and Lingfield runner-up Dishy Guru.
Quite A Thing 11-2 (9-7) Restless in stalls, chased leaders on outside, pushed along 3f out, effort 2f out, stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 5th of 9, 2l behind Tones (9-0) at Wolverhampton 7f 2yo hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Nov.
Waseem Faris (IRE) 14-1 (9-3) Steadied start, took keen hold, held up in rear, moderate effort 2f out, soon no chance, last of 6, 9l behind Frog Hollow (9-0) at Salisbury 7f 2yo nov stk (4) sft in Sep.
Mezzotint (IRE) 2-1fav (9-3) Took keen hold, chased leaders, went 2nd on inside 2f out, ridden to lead 1f out, ran on, won at Wolverhampton 6f 2yo mdn stks (5) pol beating Hurry Up George (9-3) by 3/4l, 9 ran.
Taffe 7-2fav (9-7) Tracked leaders, ridden and edged left over 1f out, stayed on same pace, 5th of 9, 3 1/2l behind Worth (8-12) at Wolverhampton 5f 2yo hcp 0-80 (4) pol in Oct.
Fortrose Academy (IRE) 7-2 (9-3) Tracked leader, led over 2f out, edged right entering final furlong, soon ridden, kept on well, won at Kempton 6f 2yo mdn auc stks (6) pol in Nov beating Gabriel's Lad (9-3) by 1l, 12 ran.
Sunrise Dance 20-1 (8-13) Led, headed over 1f out, soon ridden, no extra last 100 yards, 4th of 11, 4l behind Kune Kune (9-7) at Kempton 6f 2yo hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Nov.
Dishy Guru 14-1 (9-5) Chased leaders, effort over 1f out, kept on under pressure, not pace to challenge, 2nd of 9, 2 1/4l behind Lady Gibraltar (9-6) at Lingfield 6f 2yo hco 0-75 (5) pol.
Gin Twist 7-1 (9-7) Held up mid-division, smooth headway on bit well over 1f out, led inside final furlong, soon ridden and quickened towards finish, won at Wolverhampton 5f 2yo hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Nov beating Mount McLeod (9-0) by 1 3/4l, 10 ran.