Kings Craic needs a market check ahead of his handicap debut now stepped up markedly in trip while support for Spirit Of Love should not go ignored, but preference at this stage is for LAY CLAIM. Alan McCabe's horse ran well behind an above-average type at Southwell and shouldn't be inconvenienced by a return to this track, judging by his close fourth off 4lbs higher here in September. He's evidently responded well to the fitting of headgear and, while still a maiden, may be set to get off the mark at the expense of Rubi Dia. Mark Johnston's charge is nicely bred and ran well over 1m2f at Nottingham having refused to settle. The drop in trip and return to an artificial surface should help this all-weather maiden winner and he's a threat to all ahead of Slikback Jack, whose chance may have gone following a rise in the weights for two placed efforts in October.
Slikback Jack (IRE) 11-2 (9-0) Towards rear and pushed along, weakened well over 1f out, 8th of 11, 17l behind Elijah Pepper (8-12) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-80 (4) pol.
Khandaq (USA) 50-1 (7-13) Dwelt in rear, 10th of 12, 11l behind Amethyst Dawn (8-9) at Musselburgh 1m hcp 0-90 (3) gs in Oct.
Lay Claim (USA) 3-1 (9-3) Tracked leaders, ridden to chase winner over 1f out, kept on, no chance with winner, 2nd of 8, 2 1/2l behind Divine Call (9-3) at Southwell 7f mdn stks (5) fbs in Oct.
Rubi Dia 9-1 (9-4) Set steady pace, headed over 6f out, tracked winner, ridden and every chance over 1f out, kept on one pace final furlong, 3rd of 10, 2 1/2l behind Until The Man (9-2) at Nottingham 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) fm in Apr.
Abriachan 10-1 (9-3) Took keen hold, close up on outside, pushed along inside final 3f, driven to chase leaders inside final 2f, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 13, 5l behind Ice Cool Lady (9-0) at Kempton 1m hcp (0-65) (6) pol.
Spirit Of Love (IRE) 20-1 (9-6) Dwelt, in rear, ridden over 1f out, never dangerous, 7th of 13, 6l behind Blue Moon (9-7) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol.
Kings Craic 50-1 (9-3) Prominent, driven 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 11th of 13, 19l behind Senate Majority (9-3) at Southwell 6f mdn stks (5) fbs.