18:10 - The presence of Desert Strike should ensure this is run at a decent gallop which is set to suit Ripinto, who stays 7f and was seemingly unsuited by the lack of a test at the trip at Lingfield last time. Ripinto has yet to win in handicap company but has placed from higher marks than this and can go well from a low draw. Eljaddaaf was not seen to best effect last time and is worth another chance to continue his progression this season. He is drawn wide but could get into things with a bit of luck in-running and is also worth including.
18:40 - Taqaareed is a full-sister to Oaks winner Taghrooda and was understandably well backed for her first start at Sandown in April. However, she was badly in need of the experience that day and could only manage fifth doing plenty wrong including hanging in the final stages. She will have come on plenty for that outing and is the type to improve significantly on her second start given her pedigree.
19:10 - Mark Johnston's juveniles continue in excellent form and Fancy Day could well give him another winner here in this novice event, with the step up to 7f expected to suit her on the back of her two-length win on debut at Pontefract last time. That form is narrowly the best on offer of the raced horses, and Fancy Day should go close under a penalty here.
19:40 - A few of these including Abareeq and Cloud Seven are returning to the all-weather after poor performances on turf, and could both be dangerous if the return to an artificial surface - which they have both scored on the in the past - can get them back on track. They both have more to prove than Francos Secret, however, who has made the frame over C&D on his last three starts, and produced a solid second behind Bastille Day last time. A repeat of that run would see him go close in a race where plenty arrive with something to prove.
20:10 - King Calypso is probably vulnerable for win purposes from this sort of mark, but is fairly unexposed at two miles and comes here on the back of a good third at Goodwood where he was beaten less than a length by favourite Cotton Club. He is worth including for Placepot purposes along with Air Squadron, who has shaped as if he has been in need of both of his outings this year, and may well have more to offer now given his profile last season, where he notched a hat-trick on his rise through the handicaps.
20:40 - Winter House is well bred and had made a good start with a win at Newmarket and a second on handicap debut at Lingfield in May, but he went backwards alarmingly last time at Redcar (found very little) and is worth taking on. Pecking Order has some solid form, including a second to subsequent Irish Cesarewitch third Sea Pride over C&D last season, and having finished last season with a career-best win at Ripon, she looks worth a bet here on her reappearance, with more to come given her progressive profile.
21:10 - Geoff Potts had plenty go wrong last time at Doncaster when second, meeting traffic/conceding first run to the winner and having his rider drop his whip. With a bit more luck today he looks to have a big chance of redemption here on what is just his third start in handicaps.
Back Pecking Order in the 20:40
18:10 - 4, 5
18:40 - 10
19:10 - 1
19:40 - 3
20:10 - 5, 8
20:40 - 5
= 4 lines