Clayton is up 6lb for landing a strong Pontefract handicap on soft ground and should go well but this looks tough though he holds Sennockian Star on that run. Red Avenger was placed in two handicaps at this level before failing in a Group 3 and the Cambridgeshire and this looks more his class. Hi There could do with some rain but showed up well on his reappearance in the Lincoln and has to be respected, especially as he holds several of these on his victory at Newbury in October. Tres Coronas is 12lb higher than his last victory though the booking of Mikael Barzalona catches the eye while Ajman Bridge has only run four times and has more scope than most of these rivals. Rock Choir couldn't quite cope with Listed company after victories at Goodwood and Newbury but looks on a fair mark and has to be a threat though the vote in a wide-open handicap goes to PASAKA BOY, the winner of a competitive handicap here last summer and just 2lb higher despite scoring again at Newbury on his final start.
Clayton 9-2 (9-6) Led early, chased leader, led and edged left over 1f out, soon ridden and stayed on, held on, all out, won at Pontefract 1m 2f hcp 0-105 (2) sft beating Stepping Ahead (9-4) by 3/4l, 10 ran.
Mirsaale 50-1 (9-0) Raced wide, never better than mid-division, last of 14, 17l behind Robin Hoods Bay (9-0) at Lingfield 1m 2f Group 3 (1) pol in Mar.
Red Avenger (USA) 16-1 (9-0) In touch stands side, lost place from 2f out, well beaten final furlong, 25th of 31, 27l behind Educate (9-9) at Newmarket 1m 1f hcp (2) gf in Sep.
Hi There (IRE) 16-1 (8-10) Held up mid-division, ridden over 2f out, no extra 1f out, 10th of 17, 7l behind Ocean Tempest (9-3) at Doncaster 1m hcp (4yo+) (2) sft in Mar.
Salutation (IRE) 15-2 (8-7) Made most, shaken up and 2 lengths clear over 1f out, ran on, unchallenged, won at Kempton 1m 3f hcp 0-105 (2) pol in Mar beating Grendisar (9-5) by 6l, 12 ran.
Sennockian Star 9-1 (9-7) Tracked leading pair, pushed along and kept on same pace final 2f, no impression, 3rd of 10, 5l behind Clayton (9-6) at Pontefract 1m 2f hcp 0-105 (2) sft.
King's Warrior (FR) 25-1 (9-10) Held up in rear, headway over 1f out, never nearer, 6th of 12, 9l behind Hi There (8-10) at Newbury 1m 2f hcp 105 (2) hvy in Oct.
Tres Coronas (IRE) 16-1 (8-11) Held up mid-division, ridden over 2f out, soon weakened, 8th of 17, 6l behind Ocean Tempest (9-3) at Doncaster 1m hcp (4yo+) (2) sft in Mar.
Rock Choir 4-1 (8-11) Raced far side close up, ridden 2f out, kept on same pace, 5th of 11, 7l behind Sound Hearts (9-2) at Newmarket 1m 2f fll lst stks (1) gf in Oct.
Soviet Rock (IRE) 7-2fav (9-0) Led until over 2f out, soon weakened, 5th of 12, 8l behind Hi There (8-10) at Newbury 1m 2f hcp 105 (2) hvy in Oct.
Resurge (IRE) 20-1 (9-6) Towards rear, headway over 3f out, soon no impression, 7th of 12, 14l behind Hi There (8-10) at Newbury 1m 2f hcp 105 (2) hvy in Oct.
Ajman Bridge 7-2 (9-3) Tracked leader, pushed along over 2f out, chased winner over 1f out, no extra and lost 2nd place inside final furlong, 3rd of 8, 2 1/2l behind Stepping Ahead (9-1) at Doncaster 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) sft in Oct.
Charles Camoin (IRE) 16-1 (8-7) Raced stand side, tracked leaders, ridden and every chance over 1f out, kept on one pace, 6th of 23, 4 1/2l behind Gabrial's Kaka (8-12) at Newbury 1m hcp (2) gd.
Cactus Valley (IRE) 11-4 (9-6) Held up in rear, good headway on outside and switched left inside final 2f, chased leaders over 1f out, ridden to lead inside final furlong, edged left, stayed on, won at Windsor 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Jun beating Come On Blue Chip (9-7) by 3/4l, 9 ran.
Weapon Of Choice (IRE) 25-1 (9-5) Chased leaders, weakened 2f out, 18th of 22, 27l behind Brae Hill (9-9) at Doncaster 1m hcp (2) sft in Mar.
Pasaka Boy 17-2 (9-3) In touch on outside, ridden and headway to chase leaders over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, led final strides, won at Newbury 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Sep beating Broadway Duchess (9-1) by hd, 15 ran.
Ebony Express 5-2fav (9-6) Led chasing group, took closer order over 3f out, outpaced over 2f out, stayed on well closing stages, no chance with winner, 2nd of 6, 2l behind Esteaming (9-7) at Newcastle 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) sft.