IGUACU scored at Bath last month and finished fourth in a higher grade handicap at the same track last time. He gets the tentative vote dropped in class. Langley was placed over C&D on his latest start and can race off the same mark today while Unex Renoir will be taking advantage of his slide down the weights soon. Layla's Boy wasn't beaten that far behind Schmooze over track and trip recently and re-opposes on better terms and Annelko should go close again after his latest second over C&D. Mutual Regard should be noted for any support stepping up in trip on his belated seasonal debut.
Langley 10-1 (9-5) Tracked leaders, led over 3f out, ridden and headed well over 1f out, lost 2nd post, 3rd of 11, 1 1/2l behind Iceman George (9-8) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Sep.
Unex Renoir 10-1 (9-6) Raced keenly, led until ridden 2f out, soon hung both ways under pressure, 4th and one pace final furlong, 4th of 6, 4l behind Shouda (9-2) at Brighton 1m 4f hcp 0-70 (5) sft in Jul.
Layla's Boy 14-1 (9-7) Bumped start, held up in rear, headway on outside 3f out, stayed on inside final furlong, 4th of 12, 2l behind Schmooze (9-0) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
If You Whisper (IRE) 22-1 (8-7) Behind, ridden over 2f out, never dangerous, 12th of 16, 13l behind Chain Of Events (9-2) at Sandown 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in May.
Iguacu 4-1 (8-5) Tracked leaders, ridden when not much room over 2f out, stayed on same pace final furlong, 4th of 7, 7l behind King's Masque (9-5) at Bath 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) fm in Sep.
Fire In Babylon (IRE) 11-1 (9-2) Always towards rear, last of 11, 49l behind Tawseef (9-4) at Brighton 1m 2f hcp 0-65 (6) hvy.
Operateur (IRE) 7-2fav (9-4) Held up in touch on outside, ridden and effort 2f out, every chance over 1f out, no extra final 50 yards, 5th of 13, 2 3/4l behind Hawdyerwheesht (9-5) at Musselburgh 1m 4f hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Sep.
Cobbs Quay 14-1 (9-3) Held up in rear, not clear run on inside over 2f out until squeezed through over 1f out, ran on inside final furlong, never nearer, 5th of 12, 1l behind Kathleensluckylad (9-6) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp (6) pol.
Hyde Lea Flyer 33-1 (8-9) Chased leader until 8f out, chased leaders, weakened over 2f out, 8th of 13, 17l behind De Rigueur (9-3) at Haydock 1m 4f hcp 0-70 (5) hvy in Sep.
Annelko 11-2 (9-5) Mid-division, headway over 1f out, ran on inside final furlong, never reached winner, 2nd of 11, 1 1/2l behind Azrag (10-2) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Sep.
Mutual Regard (IRE) 8-1 (9-3) In rear, never on terms with leaders, 5th of 7, 19l behind Kinloch Castle (9-3) at Southwell 7f 2yo mdn auc stks (6) fbs in Nov.
Schmooze (IRE) 7-1 (9-0) Held up towards rear, headway on inside well over 1f out, led inside final furlong, edged right, ran on, won at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) pol beating Goldmadchen (9-5) by 1 3/4l, 12 ran.