C and D winner Art Scholar just got the better of Communicator in the November Handicap at Doncaster last time and it's a close call as to who will come out best on today's terms. MEDIA HYPE has improved 21lb since the start of the season and finished behind a couple of higher rated horses then he meets here when fourth to Spring Of Fame in a similar contest over C and D three weeks ago. Elaine Burke's charge gets the tentative vote as Harris Tweed carries a penalty for winning the John Porter at Newbury earlier in the year and was a beaten favourite in Listed company over C and D on his latest outing on Polytrack. Roxy Flyer is best of the remaining handicappers but will need to step up on her recent sixth at Lingfield to figure.
Harris Tweed 11-2 (9-6) Led, ridden and headed over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, last of 10, 38l behind Hazel Lavery (8-7) at Newbury 1m 4f Grp 3 (1) hvy in Oct.
Art Scholar (IRE) 20-1 (8-7) Held up towards rear, headway over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, led well inside final furlong, kept on well, ridden out, won at Doncaster 1m 4f hcp (2) gd beating Communicator (8-8) by 3/4l, 23 ran.
Communicator 14-1 (8-8) Held up mid-division, ridden and headway over 1f out, led inside final furlong, soon headed, kept on towards finish, 2nd of 23, 3/4l behind Art Scholar (8-7) at Doncaster 1m 4f hcp (2) gd.
Media Hype 9-1 (9-3) Led after 1f and set decent pace, ridden and joined 2f out, headed soon after, weakened inside final furlong, 4th of 7, 5l behind Spring Of Fame (9-3) at Kempton 1m 4f Listed stks (1) pol.
Qushchi 16-1 (9-10) Tracked leaders, went 2nd halfway, ridden to lead 2f out, headed approaching final furlong, no extra near finish, 4th of 11, 2 1/4l behind Bridle Belle (9-5) at Newmarket 1m 4f flls hcp 0-130 (3) sft.
Roxy Flyer (IRE) 12-1 (9-2) In touch, headway on inside 2f out, ridden and went 3rd over 1f out until inside final furlong, weakened final 100 yards, 6th of 14, 6l behind Tempest Fugit (8-9) at Lingfield 1m 5f flls lst stks (1) pol.
Wildomar 9-2fav (9-6) Slowly into stride, towards rear, ridden 3f out, switched left just inside 2f out, never on terms, 9th of 13, 10l behind Ancient Greece (9-9) at Kempton 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Bountiful Girl 20-1 (10-6) In rear, outpaced over 4f out, kept on final furlong, never a factor, 8th of 13, 11l behind Bold Duke (10-3) at Nottingham 1m 2f am hcp 0-75 (5) sft.
Solfilia 17-2 (9-6) Led early, chased leaders, went 2nd inside final furlong, no chance with winner, 2nd of 13, 1 1/2l behind Layali Dubai (9-4) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.