Official ratings make Expert a leading contender on today's terms but Mar Mar has the proven form in today's underfoot conditions. The Godolphin filly went close in heavy going over 7f at Salisbury last time and has every chance in this company. But a punt is taken on CHARLES MOLSON as he's less exposed than both of the principals and stormed to a three-length maiden success in soft ground at Bath on his latest start. Argot made a winning start at Nottingham on a fast surface and makes more appeal than Donny Rover.
Mar Mar (IRE) 7-1 (8-9) Led, ridden inside final furlong, kept on and headed close home, 2nd of 7, 3/4l behind Hasopop (9-0) at Salisbury 7f cond Stakes (3) hvy in Oct.
Argot 16-1 (9-5) Dwelt in touch in rear, rapid headway and switched left over 1f out, led inside final furlong, ran on, won at Nottingham 6f 2yo mdn (5) gd in Oct beating Dandana (9-5) by 3/4l, 8 ran.
Charles Molson 1-2fav (9-5) Tracked leaders, led over 1f out, ridden and kept on well inside final furlong, won at Bath 5f 2yo mdn (5) sft in Oct beating Flashy Queen (9-0) by 3 1/2l, 6 ran.
Expert (IRE) 7-2 (9-1) In touch, ridden over 2f out, soon beaten, last of 5, 11l behind Justice Day (9-4) at Salisbury 6f 2yo stks (2) hvy in Oct.
Donny Rover (IRE) 25-1 (8-9) In touch, effort over 1f out, ridden and stayed on towards finish, 3rd of 9, 2 1/2l behind Roachdale House (9-6) at Doncaster 7f 2yo hcp 0-95 (3) sft in Oct.