Piccolo Express may figure if he's in the mood and Hoppy's Flyer is another inconsistent sort capable of figuring in the finish on a going day. Silly Billy was still well beaten despite finishing third last time and Ioannou hasn't raced since January but may have improved in the interim. SLEEK doesn't have that much to find on only her second start handicapping and with plenty of scope for improvement, Marco Botti's filly gets a tentative vote.
Piccolo Express 12-1 (9-5) Held up, headway on outside over 2f out, no extra inside final furlong, 4th of 9, 6l behind George Fenton (9-4) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp (0-65) (6) pol.
Hoppy's Flyer (FR) 10-1 (9-4) Prominent, took keen hold, ridden and evevy chance over 1f out, stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 4th of 11, 5l behind Malaysian Boleh (9-6) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp (0-65) (6) pol.
Ioannou 4-1 (9-2) Held up in rear, headway on inside over 1f out, soon chasing leaders, kept on same pace, 5th of 9, 3 1/2l behind Bassett Road (9-7) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Jan.
Silly Billy (IRE) 5-1 (8-11) Towards rear, ridden and headway on outer over 1f out, edged right and ran on final furlong, nearest finish, 3rd of 15, 6l behind Moral Issue (9-4) at Beverley 1m hcp 0-65 (6) gf.
Shenval 66-1 (9-5) Mid-division, ridden and headway over 1f out, no impression final furlong, 7th of 12, 14l behind Thouwra (9-5) at Nottingham 1m 3yo mdn (5) gs in Aug.
Sleek 3-1fav (9-4) Chased leaders, ridden over 1f out, stayed on same pace final furlong, 6th of 13, 3l behind Burren View Lady (9-2) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Aug.
Bitaphon (IRE) 6-1 (9-1) Chased leaders, pushed along 3f out, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 9th of 10, 7l behind Muftarres (9-7) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Apr.
Brown Volcano (IRE) 13-2 (8-13) Raced stand side, chased leader, hung left under pressure from 2f out, soon weakened, 5th of 7, 4 1/2l behind Big Wave (9-6) at Yarmouth 6f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Aug.
Seamster 16-1 (9-4) Dwelt towards rear, never near leaders, 7th of 13, 5l behind Diamond Blue (9-10) at Carlisle 6f hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Aug.
Mucky Molly 20-1 (8-9) Outpaced towards rear, pushed along and outpaced in 5th over 3f out, weakened over 2f out, last of 11, 19l behind Yahilwa (9-5) at Southwell 7f fll hcp (0-75) (3yo+) (5) fbs in Jul.
High On The Hog (IRE) 33-1 (9-5) Slowly into stride, towards rear, ridden and struggling over 2f out, no impression, 7th of 11, 20l behind Nordikhab (9-2) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Aug.
Compton Silver 8-1 (9-7) Keen led 2f, tracked leader, weakened 2f out, 11th of 12, 14l behind Winslow Arizona (9-7) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Aug.