This looks tricky despite Signore Piccolo having the best recent form. He won nicely at Nottingham last time with De Repente behind but is upped 11lb and is racing on faster ground today. Southwell winner Meadway may also prefer some cut, so the vote goes to TAQUKA. Runner-up over 6f on his handicap debut, he'd made all over the minimum trip at Lingfield before that. Lorimer's Lot led for a long way over 6f here last week and should be thereabouts while Fuel Injection won over track and trip in August and has scored off a higher mark on the all-weather since.
Meadway 7-1 (8-11) Slowly into stride, chased leaders, lost place over 1f out, 7th of 8, 12l behind Mecca's Angel (9-7) at Thirsk 5f 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) gs.
Taquka (IRE) 7-2 (9-0) Led and keen, ridden and headed inside final furlong, no extra, 2nd of 5, 1 1/2l behind Gone With The Wind (8-10) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Mar.
Signore Piccolo 6-1 (8-7) Raced near side, made all, ridden clear final furlong, eased close home, unchallenged, won at Nottingham 5f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) sft beating Piazon (9-2) by 2 1/4l, 11 ran.
Lorimer's Lot (IRE) 11-2 (9-1) Led, ridden and joined over 1f out, headed entering final furlong, no impression, lost 2nd final strides, 3rd of 11, 2 3/4l behind Two Shades Of Grey (8-8) at Ripon 6f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gd.
De Repente (IRE) 8-1 (8-12) Raced in centre, chased leaders, pushed along halfway, ridden 2f out, weakened quickly final furlong, last of 11, 14l behind Signore Piccolo (8-7) at Nottingham 5f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) sft.
Fuel Injection 10-1 (9-0) Tracked winner, ridden when switched left over 1f out, edged left inside final furlong, driven and ran on, just failed, 2nd of 5, ns behind Razin' Hell (8-12) at Southwell 5f hcp 0-85 (4) fbs in Mar.