Balducci was rated 100 when scoring at Newmarket last summer but he hasn't shown much subsequently and was beaten in a similar race at Newbury last time. He's the pick on official ratings but doesn't look one to trust and MR DAVID may have his measure. Jamie Osborne's six-year-old won a Wolverhampton claimer in September and a handicap here a month later and he's generally consistent at a higher level than this. He holds Ocean Legend on their latest run on this track but Capaill Liath has been a regular in these races for some time and won one at Wolverhampton in October. He only just failed against Four Winds at Lingfield last week and should get competitive.
Capaill Liath (IRE) 5-1 (9-3) In touch, headway 2f out, ridden and stayed on to lead well inside final furlong, headed final strides, 2nd of 10, hd behind Four Winds (8-12) at Lingfield 7f clm stks (6) pol in Nov.
Decision By One 16-1 (9-3) Prominent, hampered on inside over 3f out, ridden over 1f out, soon weakened, 6th of 7, 8l behind Fat Gary (9-7) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Nov.
Comrade Bond 11-1 (8-10) Held up, ridden and headway over 1f out, kept on same pace, 4th of 11, 6l behind Chooseday (9-7) at Yarmouth 6f hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Oct.
Balducci 7-2 (9-12) Chased leader, ridden over 2f out, one pace and no impression, 5th of 7, 9l behind Tatlisu (9-9) at Newbury 7f clm stks (5) gd in Aug.
Mr David (USA) 12-1 (9-4) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, no extra towards finish, 8th of 11, 3 1/2l behind Upavon (9-3) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-90 (3) pol in Nov.
Ocean Legend (IRE) 16-1 (8-10) Chased leaders, ridden over 2f out, stayed on same pace, never on terms, 6th of 11, 2 3/4l behind Upavon (9-3) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-90 (3) pol in Nov.
Rapid Water 25-1 (8-7) Slowly away held up, ridden over 2f out, never on terms, 7th of 8, 13l behind Havelovewilltravel (9-5) at Kempton 1m hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Nov.
Daisie Cutter 40-1 (7-12) Raced wide tracked leaders, ridden and weakened over 2f out, last of 8, 10l behind Hail Promenader (9-2) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Oct.