Hard to be confident with so many having decent claims but a tentative vote goes to COOL HAND JAKE. He's gone close to ending his long losing run on a couple of occasions recently, including when third over C&D last time, and today could be his day. Mountrath is upped 5lb for his recent victory over track and trip but should still be thereabouts with an apprentice easing his burden, while Al Aqabah scored over 7f here last time and keeps finding a bit more improvement. Sweet Secret and Daffydowndilly are not out of this, but Lockantanks and Catchanova look high enough in the weights now.
Lockantanks 13-2 (9-3) Held up in touch, ridden entering final furlong, kept on inside final furlong, 5th of 12, 3 1/2l behind Gritstone (9-3) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-80 (4) pol in Oct.
Al Aqabah (IRE) 13-2 (9-2) Tracked leaders, ridden over 1f out, kept on to lead towards finish, won at Kempton 7f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Oct beating Sermons Mount (9-1) by 1/2l, 13 ran.
Catchanova (IRE) 5-1 (9-6) Held up in rear, headway over 1f out, never on terms, 5th of 9, 4l behind Aquilifer (9-0) at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Whodathought (IRE) 15-2 (9-0) Tracked leaders, ridden and lost place over 3f out, hung right and weakened over 2f out, 9th of 13, 7l behind Poyle Punch (9-7) at Kempton 1m 3yo clm stks (6) pol in Oct.
Cool Hand Jake 7-2 (9-6) Held up towards rear, good headway on outside over 1f out, stayed on to 3rd inside final furlong, almost snatched 2nd, 3rd of 10, 1 3/4l behind Full Bloom (9-2) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-70 (5) pol.
The Which Doctor 9-2 (10-2) Started slowly, towards rear, steady headway over 3f out, went 3rd on inside well over 1f out, lost 3rd close home, 4th of 12, 10l behind Lisahane Bog (9-7) at Kempton 1m 2f hcp (0-65) (6) pol.
Mountrath 12-1 (9-5) Held up towards rear, ridden and headway from 2f out, led inside final furlong, comfortably, won at Kempton 1m hcp (0-65) (6) pol beating Having A Ball (8-10) by 1 1/2l, 12 ran.
Sweet Secret 10-1 (9-3) Led, ridden 2f out, headed inside final furlong, held close home, 2nd of 12, 1l behind Zafeen's Pearl (9-7) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Oct.
Larkrise Star 17-2 (9-4) Held up towards rear, headway over 2f out, plugged on one pace over 1f out, 6th of 13, 7l behind Doncosaque (8-13) at Windsor 1m hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Oct.
Daffydowndilly 18-1 (8-13) In rear, switched right and headway over 1f out, chased winner inside final furlong, nearest finish, 2nd of 10, 1 1/2l behind Methayel (9-3) at Brighton 1m hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Oct.
Ede's Dot Com (IRE) 13-2 (10-12) Held up, took keen hold, switched right and headway over 2f out, soon every chance, ridden and hung left over 1f out, stayed on, held by winner inside final furlong, 2nd of 6, 3/4l behind Waahej (11-1) at Windsor 1m 4f am hcp 0-70 (5) gs in Aug.