JONNY MUDBALL seems to have plenty left to offer after just handful of starts so we give him the vote ahead of the hat-trick seeking Kaldoun Kingdom with Fantasy Explorer also making plenty of appeal. The pick promptly built on a promising debut at Windsor over this trip to score in Lingfield maiden two starts ago. There was a lot to like about his handicap debut when finding just the one too good at the same venue last time and now just a pound heavier he should improve again and go one better. This is the optimum trip for Kaldoun Kingdom who has recorded all four career wins over it. He was impressive enough in scoring in a similar race at Ascot last time so if in the same form after a break he should be capable of a challenge off this mark. Fantasy Explorer has held his form well since getting up at Kempton in October and having only missed out narrowly of this mark on his last run he has every chance. Hotham put in a bold bid under a penalty the last time we saw him so with a pound removed he is also on the list while Pavershooz has ability but looks a little high in the handicap. More competitive stuff with Jonny Mudball given the vote on the basis on what might be left to come.
Sonny Red (IRE) 25-1 (9-4) Held up towards rear, always behind, 24th of 28, 10l behind Advanced (8-12) at Ascot 7f hcp (2) gd in Sep.
Kaldoun Kingdom (IRE) 6-1fav (8-13) Mid-division, pushed along over 2f out, headway over 1f out, led inside final furlong, ran on, won at York 6f hcp 105 (2) gd in Oct beating Cheveton (9-6) by 1 3/4l, 20 ran.
Zidane 14-1 (9-3) Behind, ridden over 1f out, one pace, 16th of 20, 12l behind Collateral Damage (8-11) at Doncaster 7f hcp 105 (2) sft in Nov.
Courageous (IRE) 50-1 (8-9) Always prominent, led over 2f out, headed over 1f out, soon weakened, 9th of 14, 11l behind Mia's Boy (8-11) at Doncaster 7f cond Stakes (2) gs in Oct.
Pavershooz 12-1 (9-4) Chased leaders, ridden 2f out, weakened final furlong, 10th of 15, 7l behind The Nifty Fox (8-6) at Catterick 5f hcp 0-95 (3) gd in Oct.
One Way Or Another (AUS) 4-1 (9-2) Held up, headway 2f out, soon ridden and kept on one pace, 4th of 7, 6l behind Spinning (8-13) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-100 (2) pol in Nov.
Jonny Mudball 5-2fav (8-12) Soon led, ridden 2 lengths clear 2f out, driven over 1f out, headed towards finish, 2nd of 9, 1 1/2l behind Elna Bright (8-10) at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-100 (2) pol in Nov.
Saucy Brown (IRE) 28-1 (9-1) Reared start, never a factor, 11th of 13, 10l behind Arthur's Edge (9-2) at Southwell 5f hcp 0-95 (3) std.
Secret Asset (IRE) 6-1 (9-1) Chased leaders far side, weakened over 1f out, 11th of 15, 6l behind Judge 'n Jury (9-4) at Catterick 5f hcap (3) gs in Oct '08.
Baldemar 9-1 (8-7) Chased leaders, ridden over 2f out, kept on inside final furlong, 8th of 18, 4 1/2l behind Servoca (8-6) at Doncaster 6f hcp 105 (2) gd in Oct.
Hotham 16-1 (8-6) Close up, led over 2f out, headed 1f out, kept on same pace inside final furlong, 4th of 18, 2 3/4l behind Servoca (8-6) at Doncaster 6f hcp 105 (2) gd in Oct.
Jobe (USA) 25-1 (8-8) Ridden leaving stalls, led 5f out to 2f out, bumped well over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 13th of 16, 9l behind Bounty Box (8-2) at Newmarket 6f 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) gf in Aug.
Confuchias (IRE) 18-1 (8-6) Held up in rear, never dangerous, 8th of 13, 4l behind Tiddliwinks (9-3) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-100 (2) pol.
Fantasy Explorer 9-4fav (8-13) Took keen hold, in touch, headway 2f out, strong challenge over 1f out, ridden to narrow lead 1f out, no extra and headed final 100 yards, 2nd of 9, 1/2l behind Earlsmedic (8-2) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Nov.
Coleorton Choice 33-1 (8-8) Mid-division on outside, lost place over 2f out, soon weakened, eased final furlong, last of 11, 27l behind Fullandby (9-3) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Nov.
Aldermoor (USA) 50-1 (8-7) Mid-division, weakened 2f out, last of 20, 19l behind Collateral Damage (8-11) at Doncaster 7f hcp 105 (2) sft in Nov.
Protector (SAF) 33-1 (9-3) Mid-division, ridden over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 12, 6l behind Fullandby (9-3) at Doncaster 6f Listed stks (1) sft in Nov.
Haajes 7-1 (9-0) Behind, headway towards centre over 1f out, plugged on, never reached leaders, 7th of 14, 7l behind Arthur's Edge (8-5) at Goodwood 6f hcp 0-95 (3) gs in Oct.
Tourist 25-1 (9-3) Led, ridden 2f out, headed and no extra inside final furlong, 4th of 10, 2 1/2l behind Bravo Echo (9-2) at Lingfield 7f hcp (2) pol.