Final Drive has a tough task under his 12lb penalty and it remains to be seen if the handicapper has caught up with the bang-in-form Elijah Pepper, but he does appear to have got to grips with Miami Gator now. Slikback Jack will need to improve again raised 6lb after his recent victory here but Faithful Ruler is back on a winning mark and has been showing signs of a return to form. However, after just two outings on turf this year, Kempton winner DAHAAM may relish a return to the Polytrack and the chance to fulfil the promise shown as a two-year-old - he gets the vote.
Opus Maximus (IRE) 15-8 (9-6) Tracked leaders, hard ridden 2f out, stayed on under pressure to lead close home, won at Musselburgh 1m 1f sell stks (6) gs in Oct beating King of The Moors (9-6) by nk, 11 ran.
Spectait 5-2fav (9-7) Dwelt, held up in last pair, pushed along 3f out, one pace and no progrees soon after, 7th of 8, 8l behind Noguchi (8-13) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Nov.
Final Drive (IRE) 7-2 (9-2) Slowly into stride, soon in touch, driven to challenge over 1f out, led inside final furlong,soon headed, rallied and stayed on under pressure to lead closing stages, all out, won at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-80 (4) pol in Nov beating Wilfred Pickles (9-4) by nk, 10 ran.
Faithful Ruler (USA) 8-1 (9-1) Slowly into stride, soon tracking leaders, effort well over 1f out, soon lost place, 4th of 11, 1 1/2l behind Follow The Flag (8-9) at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Nov.
Dahaam 8-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders, lost place when switched right well over 2f out, stayed on from over 1f out to take well held 3rd inside final furlomg, 3rd of 9, 10l behind Sharaayeen (8-11) at Newbury 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Sep.
Slikback Jack (IRE) 3-1 (9-7) With leader on outer, led over 3f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on well, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Nov beating Abriachan (8-10) by 2 3/4l, 6 ran.
Master Of Dance (IRE) 25-1 (8-11) Pushed along in mid-division, headway over 2f out, soon chasing leaders, lost place final furlong, 10th of 11, 5l behind Follow The Flag (8-9) at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Nov.
Wigram's Turn (USA) 7-1 (9-7) Held up behind, headway over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, never reached leaders, 6th of 11, 5l behind Ajara (8-8) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Nov.
Miami Gator (IRE) 3-1fav (9-13) Led, pushed along over 2f out, soon ridden, headed over 1f out, soon weakened, 7th of 14, 9l behind Opening Nite (9-3) at Ayr 1m 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Sep.
Elijah Pepper (USA) 8-1 (8-12) Chased leaders, ridden over 2f out, switched right entering final furlong, kept on to lead towards finish, held on well, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-80 (4) pol in Nov beating Templetuohy Max (9-1) by 1/2l, 11 ran.