After his aberration just two days ago we'll oppose Winterbrook King and instead side with CLERK'S CHOICE. Colangnik is also in with a shout. Winterbrook King's last outing at Kempton at the weekend was well off form when he was never into stride and contested weakly for the minor places. It may well prove that the run was too bad to be true after some promising efforts before but he's best avoided. Clerk's Choice shaped really well on his handicap debut last time on turf but his career best displays have come on the polytrack albeit over 6 furlongs. Open to more improvement and looks well placed in this company. Colangnik has the surface form in this race after a couple of solid-looking third places - the latest over course and distance. But with the form not really standing up from those the vote has to go the way of Clerk's Choice.
Colangnik (USA) 6-1 (9-0) Mid-division, ridden over 2f out, stayed on final 2f, 3rd of 13, 1 1/2l behind Greenisland (9-0) at Kempton 1m 2yo mdn auc (4) pol in Nov.
Thin Red Line (IRE) 16-1 (9-3) Held up in rear, ridden over 1f out, never near leaders, 7th of 11, 7l behind Emirates Sports (9-3) at Great Leighs 6f 2yo mdn (5) pol in Nov.
Voulez Vous 16-1 (9-6) Pulled hard, awkward start and dropped to rear, ridden 2f out, never near leaders, 5th of 7, 7l behind Becausewecan (9-7) at Great Leighs 1m 2yo hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Nov.
Dicey Affair 66-1 (9-0) Started slowly, held up towards rear, headway over 1f out, kept on, never dangerous final furlong, 7th of 13, 4 1/2l behind Awfeyaa (9-0) at Lingfield 7f 2yo mdn fll (5) pol in Oct.
Clerk's Choice (IRE) 12-1 (9-7) Slowly into stride, held up, ridden and headway over 1f out, stayed on towards finish, 2nd of 17, nk behind Embsay Crag (9-3) at Leicester 7f 2yo hcp (6) gs in Oct.
Nicky Nutjob (GER) 10-1 (9-3) Dwelt, ridden to soon be prominent, ridden over 4f out, weakened over 2f out, 10th of 13, 17l behind Orbitor (9-3) at Great Leighs 1m 2f 2yo mdn (4) pol in Oct.
Winterbrook King 16-1 (8-12) Always in rear, ridden and struggling 4f out, 11th of 13, 18l behind Herschel (9-4) at Kempton 1m 1f 2yo hcp (5) std in Nov.