Clerical was ending a long losing run when scoring in this grade at Wolverhampton a week ago and though he has the beating of My Best Man once again, a penalty may scupper his chances of following-up. The vote instead goes to LITTLE PERISHER whose placed efforts in higher class handicaps entitles him to go close. Thalia Grace posted a better run when fourth at Kempton last time and that form gives her the beating of First Class and Jemimaville, while Do More Business may also figure dropping back down in distance.
Clerical (USA) 10-1 (8-12) Tracked leaders, ridden inside final furlong, kept on to lead last 50 yards, won at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-50 (7) pol beating Blueberry Fizz (9-0) by 3/4l, 10 ran.
Do More Business (IRE) 14-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders, ridden to challenge over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 8th of 11, 10l behind Prince Of Thebes (8-10) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp (6) pol in Dec.
Little Perisher 17-2 (8-11) Soon pushed along, outpaced and behind after 1f out, ran on final furlong, not reached leaders, 4th of 10, 2 1/4l behind Sandwith (9-0) at Southwell 5f hcp 0-60 (6) fbs in Dec.
My Best Man 16-1 (9-1) Towards rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, no impression, 6th of 10, 7l behind Clerical (8-12) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-50 (7) pol.
Thalia Grace 20-1 (9-1) Chased leaders on inside, ridden over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, no extra towards finish, 4th of 11, 1l behind Lucky Royale (9-0) at Kempton 5f hcp 0-50 (7) pol in Nov.
First Class 5-1 (8-8) Tracked leaders, ridden 2f out, kept on same pace under pressure final furlong, no impression, 4th of 11, 4l behind Lucky Royale (8-13) at Kempton 6f app hcp 0-50 (7) pol in Dec.
Jemimaville (IRE) 10-1 (8-8) Towards rear, ridden 2f out, kept on under pressure inside final furlong, never reached leaders, 5th of 11, 5l behind Lucky Royale (8-13) at Kempton 6f app hcp 0-50 (7) pol in Dec.
Fayre Bella 16-1 (8-13) Dwelt, tracked leaders and keen,ridden and every chance over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 13, 6l behind Jackie Love (8-6) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-50 (7) pol in Dec.
A Pocketful Of Rye (IRE) 15-2 (8-7) Held up towards rear, headway over 1f out, never dangerous, 5th of 8, 7l behind Cheers (9-1) at Lingfield 7f hcp (6) pol in Dec.
Pavement Games 33-1 (8-7) Always in rear, 10th of 14, 8l behind Bateleur (8-12) at Yarmouth 5f hcp 0-60 (6) sft in Oct.
Suhayl Star (IRE) 15-2 (8-2) Pulled hard soon prominent, led well over 1f out, soon headed, not run on, 4th of 8, 6l behind Cheers (9-1) at Lingfield 7f hcp (6) pol in Dec.
Wee Buns 80-1 (8-11) Mid-division, under pressure 3f out, soon beaten, last of 9, 16l behind Lucky Royale (8-9) at Lingfield 7f hcp (6) pol in Dec.