Seek The Fair Land was winning for the sixth time on Polytrack when successful at Lingfield last month and may not have finished improving yet, while Greensward landed a double in September and a bold bid is expected from him. Ceremonial Jade is not the force of old, hoever, while Spectait and Mr Willis look high enough in the weights now and Main Beach and Lockantanks are upped in class but JUSTONEFORTHEROAD has won higher grade handicaps than this so he gets the vote. Richard Fahey's charge will have come on for his return from a five-month lay-off at Newmarket in October and today's apprentice allows him to race off a 3lb lower mark here than when winning the Thirsk Hunt Cup back in April.
Justonefortheroad 20-1 (9-4) Raced centre/near side, held up, ridden and struggling over 2f out, last of 20, 23l behind Farhh (8-13) at Newmarket 1m hcp 0-95 (3) gd in Oct.
Ceremonial Jade (UAE) 100-1 (9-3) Led, pushed along 3f out, headed approaching final 2f, soon weakened and eased, last of 9, 33l behind Excelebration (8-13) at Newbury 7f Grp 2 (1) gd in Aug.
Greensward 20-1 (8-11) Dwelt, towards rear, headway over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, one pace inside final furlong, 5th of 13, 4 1/2l behind Mia's Boy (8-11) at Doncaster 7f cond Stakes (3) gd in Oct.
Clockmaker (IRE) 16-1 (8-11) Held up in touch, ridden before halfway, soon lost place, 17th of 21, 23l behind Bonnie Brae (8-11) at Doncaster 7f hcp 105 (2) sft in Nov.
Seek The Fair Land 9-2 (9-7) Tracked leaders, headway over 1f out, led inside final furlong, ridden out, won at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Nov beating Wilfred Pickles (9-5) by 2l, 12 ran.
Spectait 20-1 (9-6) Held up in last trio, hung left over 2f out, some late moderate progress, never on terms, 7th of 11, 12l behind Sour Mash (9-7) at Newbury 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gs in Sep.
Rulesn'regulations 40-1 (9-1) Raced center chased leader, weakened over 2f out, 27th of 29, 29l behind Edinburgh Knight (9-6) at Ascot 7f Apprentice Handicap (0-100) (3yo+) (2) gd in Oct.
Mr Willis 33-1 (9-1) Slowly into stride, always in rear, 11th of 13, 9l behind Citrus Star (9-4) at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Oct.
Star Rover (IRE) 22-1 (8-13) Soon outpaced towards rear, struggling in rear halfway, headway over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, no threat, 7th of 11, 9l behind Elna Bright (9-7) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-90 (3) pol in Nov.
Main Beach 6-1 (9-7) Slowly into stride, held up in rear, ridden over 2f out, ran on from over 1f out, nearest finish, 5th of 10, 3/4l behind Requisite (8-12) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Nov.
Roninski (IRE) 8-1 (9-1) Slowly into stride, behind, headway on inside 2f out, ridden to chase leaders over 1f out, never able to challenge, 8th of 14, 7l behind Iron Step (9-4) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Nov.
Lockantanks 7-2fav (9-6) Mid-division, smooth headway over 2f out, soon challenged, shaken up to lead approaching final furlong, ran on, ridden out, won at Kempton 1m hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Nov beating Peponi (9-7) by 4l, 14 ran.