Claimers don't come much tighter than this one mile two furlong version where given that VIA MIA is just best in at the weights George Baker's filly has the verdict marginally ahead of on-form pair Clear Sailing and Sir George. Expected to do better last time in a handicap the selection should go well stepped back down into this grade. She stayed this far when placing at Kempton two starts back and her runner-up performance off a mark of 68 at Wolverhampton recently reads well in the context of this race. Clear Sailing has hit form since being re-introduced into plating company. Two silvers and a gold make up his last three performances but with his best coming at Southwell and Wolverhampton he may find this surface a little quick. Sir George found just the one too good in handicap company last time and while he should go well in this grade he has stamina to prove. O the pick of his form The Dial House should be a leading player as should Hold The Bucks who ran well in a warm looking contest last time. It¿s a difficult start to the card but the weights favour Via Mia and that will do for us.
Siena Star (IRE) 25-1 (9-1) Tracked leader, led 2f out to over 1f out, ridden and no extra final furlong, 6th of 13, 4 1/2l behind Giant Sequoia (9-7) at Kempton 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Dec.
Clear Sailing 3-1fav (8-11) Tracked leaders, ridden and headway over 2f out, chased winner over 1f out, stayed on under pressure inside final furlong, held near finish, 2nd of 9, hd behind Miss Bootylishes (8-9) at Southwell 1m clm stks (6) fbs.
Via Mia 11-4fav (9-4) Mid-division, ridden and headway over 2f out, weakened approaching final furlong, 6th of 10, 10l behind Justcallmehandsome (8-13) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f app hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Dec.
Flighty Fellow (IRE) 6-1 (9-2) Tracked leaders, pushed along 3f out, weakened 2f out, 6th of 7, 13l behind Bestowed (8-6) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Dec.
Hold The Bucks (USA) 12-1 (9-4) Behind, ridden and outpaced 3f out, rallied over 1f out, kept on under pressure final furlong, 3rd of 9, 1 3/4l behind Transformer (8-11) at Lingfield 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Oct.
Ladies Dancing 7-1 (9-4) Tracked leader, ridden to lead briefly 9f out, chased leader after, ridden 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 5th of 6, 14l behind Through The Forest (8-4) at Southwell 1m 3f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) fbs in Dec.
Sir George (IRE) 5-2fav (8-13) Tracked leaders, went 2nd over 3f out, led 2f out, headed inside last, one pace, 2nd of 9, 3 1/2l behind Diapason (9-0) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Dec.
The Dial House 16-1 (8-10) Held up in rear, ran on inside final furlong, not reached leaders, 4th of 11, 3 1/2l behind Atacama Sunrise (8-6) at Lingfield 1m 2f clm stks 0-70 (6) pol in Dec.
Magnitude 50-1 (9-2) Held up, always in rear, never a factor, last of 13, 7l behind Chalice Welcome (9-6) at Lingfield 1m 4f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Dec.