George Baker got to know FOREST DANE last time and can go two places better. Hart Of Gold has a solid chance as does Shakespeare's Son who has proved himself to be a consistent performer. Forest Dane has a fine record at this track and is a cut above this opposition when operating at the top of his game. He hasn't been at that level for a while but is nicely handicapped as a result and the green shoots of revival were sown at Lingfield. He is drawn low but is usually held-up so that may not inconvenience him greatly and he has the right man in the plate. Hart Of Gold faced a stiff task in a claimer last time but should be more competitive here and looks sure to be involved from his high draw but may find at least one better handicapped. That's also the problem that faces Shakespeare's Son who gets no respite due to his consistency. He hasn't really shone in two previous visits here but they were some time ago and he can make his presence felt if running up to his best. However, the well handicapped Forest Dane is readily preferred.
Forest Dane 7-1 (9-4) Steadied start, held up behind, headway to chase leaders over 1f out, staying on when bumped inside final furlong, kept on to take 3rd near finish, 3rd of 12, 1 1/2l behind Chjimes (9-4) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Nov.
Lekita 7-1 (9-2) Prominent, ridden 1f out, stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 4th of 11, 5l behind Doubtful Sound (8-8) at W'hampton 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Nov.
Shakespeare's Son 9-2 (8-12) Mid-division, pushed along 3f out, headway and edged left from over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, 3rd of 14, 3/4l behind Guto (7-13) at Southwell 5f hcp 0-70 (5) fbs in Nov.
Replicator 25-1 (9-2) Settled in rear, headway 2f out, not clear run from over 1f out on far rail, switched left and ran on when clear, 5th of 9, 6l behind Even Bolder (9-7) at Sandown 5f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Aug.
C'Mon You Irons (IRE) 14-1 (8-8) Went right start, tracked leaders, ridden 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 6th of 11, 6l behind Resplendent Alpha (9-2) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Nov.
Interactive (IRE) 10-1 (9-1) Towards rear, ridden 2f out, good headway on outside final furlong, finished well not reached leaders, 5th of 12, 3l behind Chjimes (9-4) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Nov.
Radiator Rooney (IRE) 10-1 (8-0) Chased leaders, kept on without threatening, 7th of 17, 4 1/2l behind Adriatic (9-2) at Tipperary 5f hcp 45-70 gs in Jul.
Hart of Gold 10-1 (8-7) Pulled very hard in touch, lost place entering straight 3f out, soon behind, never dangerous final 2f, 8th of 11, 6l behind Brandywell Boy (8-7) at Kempton 6f clm (6) pol in Nov.
Gwilym (GER) 7-2 (8-13) Prominent, raced keenly, ridden 2f out, weakened entering final furlong, 8th of 12, 7l behind Gainshare (8-1) at W'hampton 6f app hcp (5) pol in Nov.
Our Blessing (IRE) 10-1 (9-1) Took keen hold, ridden over 2f out, soon weakened, 8th of 12, 9l behind Sofia's Star (9-5) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Nov.
Pegasus Dancer (FR) 12-1 (9-3) Keen, tracked leader, ridden to lead over 1f out, soon headed and kept on same pace, 4th of 14, 2 1/2l behind Bazguy (9-3) at Great Leighs 6f sll (6) pol in Nov.
Musical Script (USA) 11-2 (9-5) Mid-division, ridden over 2f out, driven and weakened inside final furlong, 11th of 14, 8l behind Tobar Suil Lady (9-0) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Nov.