DICKIE LE DAVOIR gets the tentative vote to land this handicap from Whatyouwoodwishfor and Cheery Cat. Richard Guest has his string in decent order and this stalwart advertised that fact when second last time. That effort over five furlongs behind an improving sort suggested a return to the winners' enclosure may not be far away for the six-year-old, and with the step up to six furlongs certain to suit perhaps today may be the day. Whatyouwouldwishfor ran his best race for some time when second over course and distance two starts ago. Dropped five pounds since and with the assistance of Paul Hanagan in the saddle, this relatively unexposed sort can go well from a decent draw, as can Cheery Cat. The last-named took second here last time and, whilst he hasn't won at the course, that effort alone suggests the surface is no problem and a solitary pound higher mark seems fair. Fuzzy Cat is lightly-raced and goes well here so must be respected for David Barron, although his last win came off 50 so this demands more. Brazilian Brush returns to the scene of his demolition job back at the start of the month off a 9lb higher mark, but he's disappointed since and looks best watched, as does Kinigi who has winning form here but hasn't looked like adding to it of late. Hard Ball would be interesting were this race over seven furlongs or even a mile, but the drop back to sprinting is a concern. Dualagi has gone well here in the past but has an absence to overcome so is opposable, veteran Tango Step looks a shade high the weights and Mister Beano has been off for over two years and would need strong market support before becoming of interest. In a race where stakes are best kept to a minimum, our token choice is Dickie Le Davoir.
Mister Beano (IRE) 14-1 (8-13) Tracked leader, pulled hard, led 3f out, ridden and headed 2f out, soon hung right, weakened well inside final furlong, 6th of 11, 5l behind Tiger's Rocket (8-13) at Wolverhampton 7f 2yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Dec '07.
Whatyouwoodwishfor (USA) 9-1 (8-11) Always mid-division, 6th of 11, 2 1/2l behind Know No Fear (8-11) at Lingfield 6f app hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Brazilian Brush (IRE) 9-4fav (8-11) In touch, ridden over 2f out, no impression, 9th of 10, 7l behind Diane's Choice (9-3) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-50 (7) pol.
Dualagi 13-2 (9-2) Always behind, no chance final 2f, 9th of 11, 6l behind The History Man (9-1) at Bath 6f hcp 0-58 (6) gd in Oct.
Kinigi (IRE) 9-1 (8-9) Held up in touch, ridden and headway over 1f out, kept on under pressure inside final furlong, 4th of 12, 6l behind Munich (9-0) at Kempton 7f hcp (0-55) (6) pol.
Dickie Le Davoir 9-1 (8-12) Behind, headway approaching final furlong, stayed on well, not reach winner, 2nd of 9, 2l behind Lujiana (8-6) at Southwell 5f hcp 0-60 (6) fbs.
Fuzzy Cat 10-3fav (9-1) Went left start, towards rear, ridden and headway on inside over 1f out, stayed on to take 3rd towards finish, not reached leaders, 3rd of 12, 1 1/2l behind Sherjawy (9-0) at Kempton 6f hcp (6) pol in Dec.
Cheery Cat (USA) 13-2 (8-3) Pressed leader, ridden to lead just over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, unable to quicken towards finish, 2nd of 7, 1/2l behind Zeffirelli (8-12) at Southwell 6f hcp (0-55) (6) fbs.
Sirjosh 10-1 (8-12) Led 2f, chased leaders, lost place over 2f out, soon beaten, 9th of 14, 28l behind Rossini's Dancer (9-11) at Ripon 1m 2f 3yo & 4yo sll (5) gd in Sep.
Hard Ball 11-2 (8-9) Chased leaders, led well over 1f out, headed and not quicken inside final furlong, 2nd of 10, 4l behind Straight Face (8-13) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Tango Step (IRE) 16-1 (8-2) Slowly into stride, held up, never dangerous, 9th of 10, 6l behind Albero Di Giuda (8-9) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-50 (7) pol.
Fulford 14-1 (8-6) Raced wide, outpaced towards rear, one pace and no impression when hung left over 2f out, 5th of 8, 14l behind Brazilian Brush (8-6) at Southwell 6f hcp 0-52 (6) fbs.
Mickys Mate 40-1 (7-13) Soon led, ridden and headed just over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 3rd of 7, 7l behind Zeffirelli (8-12) at Southwell 6f hcp (0-55) (6) fbs.