Four recent C&D winners to consider in a competitive handicap. FLYING POWER gets the nod as beat the re-opposing Ascendant and The Lock Master with a subsequent winner further behind last time and looks to have the strongest form. Mica Mika scored here a fortnight ago but has yet to win off today's higher mark while the veteran Kames Park popped up in a lower-grade race last week. Renegotiate looks a bigger threat as he recorded a cosy win here earlier in the week, though this is tougher under a penalty.
Art History (IRE) 100-1 (8-5) Prominent, ridden over 3f out, soon weakened, last of 23, 40l behind Art Scholar (8-7) at Doncaster 1m 4f hcp (2) gd in Nov.
Flying Power 4-1fav (9-5) Close up, ridden to lead when hung badly inside final furlong, ran on, won at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Dec beating Ascendant (9-5) by 1 1/4l, 10 ran.
Ascendant 6-1 (9-7) Mid-division, outpaced over 4f out, switched right and headway over 1f out, ran on inside final furlong, never troubled leaders, 3rd of 11, 1 3/4l behind Mica Mika (9-2) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Dec.
The Lock Master (IRE) 17-2 (9-8) Mid-division, ridden and headway over 3f out, soon hung right, weakened over 2f out, last of 11, 20l behind Mica Mika (9-2) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Dec.
Mica Mika (IRE) 6-1 (9-2) Tracked leader, ridden to lead inside final furlong, stayed on well, won at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Dec beating Alazan (8-11) by 3/4l, 11 ran.
Kames Park (IRE) 7-1 (9-7) Slowly into stride, held up behind, driven and headway inside final 2f, stayed on well on outside to lead towards finish, won at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-62 (6) pol beating Annelko (9-5) by 3/4l, 11 ran.
Renegotiate 3-1fav (9-1) Made virtually all, stayed on well, ridden out, won at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hacp 0-70 (5) pol beating Cosmic Halo (9-1) by 1 1/4l, 8 ran.