Monte Major is on form and makes the list having put in a string of fine performances in plating class races and although based on those he looks off a workable mark he will find this tougher. With that in mind preference is for METHAALY who won over course and distance before not getting held all that far over the minimum distance. He's best over this distance so under the same mark can go better. On best form Lastkingofscotland looks well-treated but might find this trip on the sharp side these days while Wigram's Turn is extremely well-weighted on the pick of his runs but this step down in trip will have to work the oracle. A wide open race that can go to Mathaaly.
Wigram's Turn (USA) 33-1 (9-2) Chased leaders, driven 4f out, lost place over 2f out, soon weakened, 11th of 13, 21l behind Ahlawy (9-5) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Oct.
Atlantic Beach 11-2 (9-0) Led, headed over 1f out, soon ridden, one pace, 3rd of 6, 1 1/4l behind Avonvalley (8-1) at Catterick 5f clm stks (6) sft.
Methaaly (IRE) 8-1 (9-4) Slowly away, held up behind and keen, stayed on final furlong, nearest at finish, 5th of 12, 2 1/4l behind Grudge (9-5) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp 0-70 (5) pol.
Wyatt Earp (IRE) 33-1 (8-10) Led narrowly, headed over 3f out, weakened 2f out, last of 14, 33l behind Magic Cat (9-0) at Newcastle 6f hcp 0-85 (4) hvy in Oct.
Tenacestream (CAN) 25-1 (9-3) Took keen hold, held up in rear, driven and some headway on inside from over 1f out, never in contention, 8th of 12, 8l behind Avon River (9-8) at Kempton 1m 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) pol in Jun.
Kummel Excess (IRE) 12-1 (9-1) Dwelt, towards rear, not clear run inside final furlong, ran on towards finish, never nearer, 7th of 10, 4l behind Freddie's Girl (9-0) at Lingfield 5f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Oct.
Lastkingofscotland (IRE) 10-1 (9-4) Tracked leaders, ridden and every chance over 1f out, kept on one pace final furlong, 3rd of 12, 1 3/4l behind Halsion Chancer (9-6) at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Ballodair (IRE) 12-1 (8-6) Towards rear, ridden over 1f out, kept on final furlong, 5th of 9, 6l behind Bated Breath (9-7) at Pontefract 6f 3yo hcp 0-90 (3) gf in Jun.
Silver Wind 12-1 (9-0) Chased leaders on outer, ridden halfway, effort and every chance over 1f out, not quicken near finish, 4th of 7, 1 1/2l behind Rough Rock (8-6) at Folkestone 7f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Sep.
Gwilym (GER) 14-1 (9-7) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, lost place over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 11, 6l behind Victorian Bounty (9-8) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Oct.
Beckermet (IRE) 11-1 (8-5) Prominent, ridden over 3f out, soon weakened, last of 11, 23l behind Esprit De Midas (9-7) at Haydock 6f hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Sep.
Monte Major (IRE) 5-2 (7-12) Always prominent, chased winner over 1f out, kept on, no impression, 2nd of 7, 1 3/4l behind Misaro (8-7) at Wolverhampton 5f clm stks (6) pol in Mar.
Ajara (IRE) 7-1 (8-4) Held up in rear, ridden over 2f out, never dangerous, last of 12, 21l behind Whispering Spirit (9-7) at Wolverhampton 7f fll hcp (0-75) (3yo+) (5) pol in Oct.