This is a weak claimer and we will nominate WOVOKA to get the better of Fortunate Bid and Rowan Lodge. The selection is the only course and distance winner in the field and he may be capable of taking advantage of this drop in grade. He has been disappointing of late but he has conditions to suit today and he won't get a better opportunity to resume winning ways. Fortunate Bid went close in this grade at Redcar last time out and he has relatively few miles on the clock. He is an obvious danger, while Rowan Lodge is eased in grade and at this level he has shown admirable consistency. Whaston won a handicap back in July and he has had a little break since his last run. He is another entitled to make the frame, but the vote goes to Wovoka.
Wovoka (IRE) 33-1 (9-10) Steadied start, soon switched left, headway to mid-division after 2f, ridden 3f out, never troubled leaders, 9th of 14, 12l behind Collateral Damage (9-3) at Ayr 1m hcp 0-80 (4) sft.
Rowan Lodge (IRE) 5-2fav (8-11) Held up in touch, ridden to chase leaders over 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 11, 9l behind Lady Calido (8-13) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Whaston (IRE) 11-2 (9-2) In touch, headway to go 3rd over 3f out, ridden to chase leader well over 1f out, soon every chance, faded inside final furlong, 5th of 11, 5l behind Singora Lady (9-1) at Redcar 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Jul.
Fortunate Bid (IRE) 11-4 (8-13) Tracked leader, led well over 2f out, ridden and headed approaching final furlong, kept on same pace, 2nd of 5, 2 1/2l behind Diggeratt (8-5) at Redcar 1m clm stks (6) gf.
Second Reef 40-1 (9-9) Behind, some headway over 1f out, never dangerous, 7th of 14, 12l behind Realt Na Mara (10-10) at Carlisle 6f am hcp 0-60 (6) gs.
Pianoforte (USA) 12-1 (8-5) Towards rear, pushed along over 3f out, headway over 1f out, kept on same pace, 4th of 10, 4l behind Baltimore Jack (9-1) at Redcar 1m 1f clm stks (6) gf.
Top Tribute 8-1 (8-11) Prominent, ridden over 2f out, soon beaten, last of 13, 41l behind Punching (9-2) at Southwell 7f hacp 0-70 (5) fbs in Apr.
Mangano 50-1 (8-8) Always in rear, last of 5, 12l behind Fremen (9-3) at Musselburgh 7f sell stks (5) gf.
Reddy Ronnie (IRE) 33-1 (8-5) With leader, led 4f out, headed 3f out, soon outpaced, 4th of 5, 9l behind Fremen (9-3) at Musselburgh 7f sell stks (5) gf.
Scotty's Future (IRE) 100-1 (8-12) Slowly away, always behind, 14th of 16, 24l behind Moody Tunes (10-11) at Carlisle 1m ladies hcp 0-70 (5) gd.
Chin Wag (IRE) 16-1 (8-4) Slowly into stride, always in rear, pushed along halfway, never dangerous, 6th of 7, 11l behind Turnkey (9-5) at Ayr 6f clm stks (5) gf.
Igneous 50-1 (7-12) Slowly into stride, always behind, 12th of 13, 43l behind Speed Dating (9-1) at Carlisle 1m 1f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Jul.
Another Echo 66-1 (8-11) Chased leader to half way, soon behind, last of 10, 37l behind Seradim (9-0) at Redcar 7f 2yo fll mdn (5) gs in Aug '08.