Carter is struggling to find his best and today's drop in class may help him do so but this is also an easier task for OFFICER IN COMMAND. The C&D winner need only reproduce November's third at Kempton to find himself bang there at the finish. Resplendent Alpha's latest win came in plating company and he's not out of this and neither is Daniel Thomas though the latter is hard to predict these days. Castle Myth tends to save his best for the Fibresand and Conducting makes more appeal.
Legal Legacy 25-1 (9-2) Keen always in rear, last of 10, 48l behind Super Say (9-4) at Lingfield 1m 2f clm stks (6) pol in Dec.
Handheld 10-1 (8-6) Mid-division on inside, ridden to chase leaders over 1f out, kept on same pace, no impression, 5th of 9, 4l behind On The Hoof (9-2) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Dec.
Conducting 5-1 (9-10) Keen in touch, ridden over 2f out, keeping on one pace when slightly hampered inside final furlong, 6th of 11, 2 1/2l behind El Bravo (8-11) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Dec.
Officer In Command (USA) 10-1 (9-0) Very slowly away in rear, never a factor, 8th of 12, 7l behind Hometown Glory (9-6) at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Dec.
Aviso (GER) 14-1 (9-2) Mid-division, driven 3f out, never on terms, weakened final furlong, 10th of 13, 13l behind Whitby Jet (9-7) at Kempton 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Dec.
Carter 16-1 (9-7) Mid-division, ridden over 2f out, not trouble leaders, 7th of 12, 8l behind De Rigueur (9-2) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Dec.
Castle Myth (USA) 8-1 (10-0) Always in rear, 11th of 13, 33l behind Think Its All Over (9-7) at Southwell 1m 3f hcp (0-65) (6) fbs in Jul '11.
Daniel Thomas (IRE) 6-1 (9-7) Mid-division, headway on inside over 2f out, soon chasing leaders, driven to lead inside final furlong, ran on well, won at Lingfield 1m app sll stks (6) pol in Dec beating Divine Rule (9-7) by 1 3/4l, 8 ran.
Resplendent Alpha 9-2 (8-13) Dwelt, held up in rear, ridden and headway on outer over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 4th of 6, 3 1/2l behind Sir Boss (10-2) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hacp 0-70 (5) pol.