Mister Fizz is ending the year in fine form and is up 5lb for a three length victory at Wolverhampton last month. The less exposed Diamond Mine won by a head over track and trip last time and make his handicap debut along with Emperical, a runner-up at Lingfield back in May. Peachez hasn't raced since April and SCOTTISH STAR makes more appeal. The latter was well beaten in much better company at Newmarket last time but had gone close on a couple of occasions at this track prior to that and gets the vote.
Mister Fizz 5-2 (9-10) Pressed leader, led over 2f out, soon ridden, clear 1f out, stayed on well, won at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Oct beating Kittens (9-10) by 3 1/2l, 6 ran.
Scottish Star 20-1 (8-11) Prominent, every chance over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 19th of 25, 13l behind Bancnuanaheireann (9-9) at Newmarket 1m 1f hcp (2) gf in Sep.
Presburg (IRE) 12-1 (9-4) In touch, weakened 2f out, 5th of 9, 12l behind Vital Evidence (8-13) at Windsor 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) hvy in Oct.
Planetoid (IRE) 8-1 (9-7) Prominent early, tracked leaders, driven over 3f out, stayed on under pressure, no extra towards finish, 7th of 14, 4 1/2l behind Incendo (9-4) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Jun '12.
Peachez 18-1 (9-4) Slowly away in rear, never on terms, 9th of 13, 45l behind Sign Manual (9-0) at Newbury 2m hcp 0-80 (4) gs in Apr.
Sir Boss (IRE) 33-1 (8-10) Close up, ridden over 2f out, keeping on inside final furlong when rider dropped whip, 4th of 10, 7l behind Azrag (9-2) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Oct.
Diamond Mine 7-2fav (9-5) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, challenged over 1f out, ran on inside final furlong, led close home, won at Kempton 1m 3f mdn stks (5) pol in Oct beating Murasil (9-5) by hd, 13 ran.
Emperical 1-3fav (8-11) Led 1f, chased leader until inside final 5f, didn't travel on downhill run and lost 2nd over 3f out, rallied under pressure on inside to 2nd 2f out, never able to get to winner but plugged on towards finish, 2nd of 8, 2 1/2l behind Da Do Run Run (8-11) at Lingfield 1m 3f mdn stks (5) gd in May.
Dame Nellie Melba 9-1 (9-3) In touch, chased leaders over 2f out, soon pushed along and weakened, 8th of 12, 24l behind Bayan Kasirga (8-12) at Catterick 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) gs in Oct.