EXTREME PLEASURE may be able to give us something to smile about here although she does come with risks attached. Rutba is clearly the one to beat whilst Forget It should be there or thereabouts gain. Marcus Tregoning's decision to slap a visor on Rutba has paid dividends as the gelding hasn't looked back since gaining his maiden success in the headgear at Yarmouth. Two subsequent successes have seen his mark rise to a perch some 19lbs higher than for that win at the seaside track but it would be folly to believe that there wasn't a little more left in the locker. Forget It chased him home last time and has a handy 5lb swing in his favour for two lengths which gives him a theoretical chance of gaining revenge but the Hannon runner lacks the progressive profile of his rival. Those are the two with obvious claims but it may pay to look further afield and we'll take a chance with William Knight's handicap debutante. She's beautifully bred and is a half-sister to several black type performers, a number of whom saw out this sort of trip pretty well. She's hardly thrown in here but her handler has a decent strike rate at the track and she looks certain to improve for this longer trip so Extreme Pleasure makes a deal of each-way appeal.
Mohawk Star (IRE) 14-1 (9-0) Held up in rear, headway over 2f out, switched right 1f out, stayed on towards finish, 3rd of 9, 3l behind Keenes Day (9-7) at W'hampton 2m 1f hcp 0-80 (4) pol in Oct.
Tender Falcon 7-1 (8-8) Held up mid-division, improved 4f out, ridden and one paced final 2f, 4th of 8, 4l behind Garrulous (8-12) at Great Leighs 1m 5f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Oct.
Spiritonthemount (USA) 13-2 (9-7) Held up, weakened over 4f out, 7th of 8, 13l behind Rutba (8-8) at Bath 2m 1f 3yo hcp (5) gs in Oct.
L'Homme de Nuit (GER) 20-1 (9-10) Behind, headway over 2f out, stayed on well inside final furlong, never nearer, 3rd of 13, 4l behind Hadron Collider (9-1) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Jul.
Extreme Pleasure (IRE) 14-1 (8-12) Mid-division, ridden over 3f out, headway over 2f out, stayed on one pace from over 1f out, 3rd of 11, 10l behind Syvilla (8-12) at Bath 1m 4f mdn fll (5) sft in Sept.
Highland Homestead 8-1 (8-12) Mid-division, headway over 3f out, weakened final furlong, 8th of 16, 2l behind Yes Eighteen (8-9) at Lingfield 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Oct.
Rutba 3-1 (8-8) Held up, headway halfway, ridden 4f out, led over 2f out, edged left under pressure inside final furlong, kept on, won at Bath 2m 1f 3yo hcp (5) gs in Oct beating Forget It (8-12) by 2l, 8 ran.
Forget It 7-2 (8-12) Led, reminded halfway, ridden and headed over 2f out, held final furlong, 2nd of 8, 2l behind Rutba (8-8) at Bath 2m 1f 3yo hcp (5) gs in Oct.
Debord (FR) 16-1 (8-10) In touch, ridden and every chance 3f out, soon weakened, 8th of 10, 21l behind Rehearsed (9-8) at Salisbury 1m 6f hcp 0-75 (5) gs in Oct '07.
Irish Ballad 6-1 (9-1) Tracked leader, with new leader from over 7f out, led over 2f out, headed inside final 2f, no extra and weakened quickly final furlong, 5th of 12, 11l behind Coda Agency (9-8) at Lingfield 2m hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Oct.
Restart (IRE) 25-1 (8-13) Held up, in rear when hampered over 3f out, 8th of 12, 10l behind Compton Court (9-13) at W'hampton 2m 1f hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Oct.
Finished Article (IRE) 66-1 (8-11) Behind, ridden 3f out, never a factor, 7th of 12, 9l behind Bluebell Ridge (8-12) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Oct.
Vanishing Dancer (SWI) 50-1 (8-9) Chased leaders, pushed along 4f out, weakened well over 2f out, 6th of 10, 18l behind Silk Hall (9-5) at W'hampton 1m 6f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Oct.
Our Glenard 66-1 (8-13) Slowly away, never going well in rear, ridden and struggling 4f out, 9th of 13, 15l behind Jelly Mo (8-6) at Lingfield 1m 2f sll (6) pol in Sept.