False Id has been raised 3lb for scoring over this trip at Newcastle two weeks ago and is weighted to go well if his wide draw doesn't inconvenience him. Preference, however, is for MAAZEL, who was thwarted by a neck over track and trip last time and returns on the same mark. The unexposed Cape Greco is a potential improver now sent handicapping, while Frank Cool, a recent 6f second at Kempton, is also considered now upped in trip.
Dove Divine improved on her debut effort last time and arguably sets the standard on that 1m fourth at Chelmsford. If running to a similar level over this shorter trip then she'll likely finish on the premises. However, it may be worth taking a chance on one of the newcomers in the field. Roger Varian's Invitational commands respect, though narrow preference is for John Gosden's 120,000gns recruit MAXIMUM EFFECT, who is a half-sister to the smart Kachy.
DIAMOND OASIS struggled to land a blow in the finish over the extended 5f first time out at York in July but the experience gained is unlikely to have been lost on her and she's one to consider now stepped up in trip with the benefit of a run under her belt. Beehaar and Wallaa are similarly expected to step up on their debut performances, while any money for newcomers Cozi Bay and Mina Vagante would be notable.
TIMES PAST (second) was behind Woodside Wonder at Kempton last time out, but there is an 11lb swing in the weights now with the winner's penalty taken into account and Tom Greatrex's 5lb claim, so the positions are fancied to be reversed. Blue Mountain has finished as a beaten favourite the last twice and was particularly disappointing when last seen in October, while Autumn Splendour failed to concede weight all round in a conditions race at Salisbury last time but should find this easier.
BILLYOAKES won this race last year off 1lb higher and could bounce back to form now under Luke Morris for the first time in almost 12 months. The six-year-old has a solid record at this track and now could be the time to catch Charlie Wallis' charge. Veteran Swiss Cross seldom runs a bad race here, while Little Miss Lilly has posted two solid efforts since successful at Kempton in October and completes the shortlist.
Equal Sum is a half-sister to four winners and kept on well to score on debut at Wolverhampton, while Mosakhar did a lot of solid work late in the day on his first start at Newcastle two weeks ago and could take a big step forward for his powerful connections. Entitle is a half-sister to Enable but looked very inexperienced on her Newmarket debut back in June, and perhaps her stablemate VEGATINA is worth a shot on debut. A 220,000gns yearling, her dam was a 1m winner and it is worth noting that she is also a half-sister to a Group 3 winner.
TIDAL WATCH is a three-time winner over hurdles for a powerful operation and definitely has a race of this nature within his compass judged on his second at Kempton over 1m4f last month. He has since performed well over timber at Kempton and the manner in which he was staying on into second two starts back suggests he'll thrive going up in trip. Kyoto Star is an unexposed quantity who should go well, likewise Dance To Paris and Nafaayes.
PERFECT REFUGE has held her form well since winning on turf at Windsor in September and she's difficult to get away from. Not beaten far on three subsequent starts, including at this track over 10 furlongs, she remains on a workable mark and Amelia Glass takes off 7lb in the plate, so everything points to a bold showing from the Clive Cox inmate. Presence Process and Ourmullion are expected to put up most resistance.
Having hinted at a revival at Kempton a fortnight ago, PASS THE CRISTAL is worth chancing off a career-low mark (10 lb lower than when scoring at Chelmsford last year) in what looks a wide-open handicap. Locommotion has been knocking on the door of late and is next on the list ahead of Maazel and Little Miss Kodi.
DOVE DIVINE has been treated more kindly by the draw than several of the other likely principals and she gets the nod. Hughie Morrison's charge wasn't beaten at all far over a mile at Chelmsford and this drop back in trip looks a good move. Magic Image can be expected to leave her debut well behind in time, while Maximum Effect, Invitational and Turn 'n Twirl are likely-looking newcomers.
Several of her rivals represent more fashionable yards but GREAT SHOUT shaped with plenty of promise on debut at Kempton and, with improvement on the cards, she could be the answer. Wallaa also made an encouraging start to her career at Chelmsford and is feared most. Beehaar and Diamond Oasis should both do better in time and the former's stablemate Cozi Bay is a noteworthy newcomer.
WOODSIDE WONDER was afforded an easy lead when readily outpointing Times Past at Kempton last week and, with a similar scenario entirely possible here, he is taken to strike again under a penalty. Times Past should give another good account but a bigger threat may be posed by Blue Mountain, who makes his handicap debut off what looks a fair mark.
BILLYOAKES hasn't been firing on all cylinders of late but is capable on a 'going' day, a remark which also applies to Captain Ryan. Little Miss Lilly is also in with a shout.
It will look significant if the market vibes surrounding MARTIN KING are positive, given that he makes plenty of appeal on paper and represents a yard in terrific form. Equal Sum is a decent prospect judged on her debut success at Wolverhampton and is accorded plenty of respect, while Mosakhar has to be feared and the well-bred Entitle is likely to leave her debut form well behind in time.
The vote goes to FALCON CLIFFS, who was runner-up twice off higher marks on turf earlier this year and arrives here on the back of a decent effort over hurdles. Tidal Watch has yet to hit the target in this sphere but went close at Kempton last month and is next on the list. Nafaayes opened her account over C&D a fortnight ago and also merits respect, along with Sir Pass I Am.
A chance is taken on JAFETICA, who understandably looked rusty starting out for this yard on the back of a 14-month lay-off at Chelmsford. She is 2 lb lower now and, moreover, is likely to be much sharper this time. Presence Process goes well here and will be a danger to all if on-song, while Ourmullion needs considering on his first start for David Pipe and Perfect Refuge is also feared.