Head Down has been placed in seven of his 10 starts and is sure to be thereabouts again but Richard Hannon's colt is proving to be expensive to follow and it may be worth chancing ANACREON, who gets the verdict ahead of Ponting. Ralph Beckett's gelding has run creditably in both starts over six furlongs so far and he should appreciate the step up in trip today. Andrew Balding's Georgina Macrae did not step up from a promising debut outing and of more interest may be Michael Bell's Garter Knight, who is now dropped down in distance having run over 1m2f in both starts so far. Mick Channon's La Gifted only beat one home on her debut at Yarmouth in September and is hard to recommend on that evidence but it may be worth siding with Anacreon. John Gosden's colt made a pleasing debut when a close up eighth in a Newmarket maiden in October and he would not need to improve much on that form to get the better of Head Down and the rest of the opposition here.
Gambling Jack 7-1 (8-11) Chased leader, ridden 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 12, 2 1/2l behind Wooden King (8-12) at Lingfield 7f hcap (6) pol in Dec.
Holoko Heights 50-1 (9-12) Slowly into stride, made some late headway, never near leaders, 9th of 11, 6l behind Princess Zohra (8-4) at W'hampton 7f mdn stk (5) pol in Feb.
Stylish Mover 33-1 (9-12) Started slowly, always towards rear, struggling over 2f out, never dangerous, 6th of 8, 10l behind Cheap Thrills (8-5) at Lingfield 6f mdn aut stk (6) pol in Jan.
Anacreon (IRE) 6-1 (9-0) Prominent, every chance over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 8th of 14, 7l behind Captain Dancer (9-0) at Newmarket 7f 2yo mdn (4) gs in Oct.
Garter Knight 20-1 (8-9) Mid-division, pushed along 3f out, very wide entering straight well over 1f out, never dangerous, 6th of 10, 12l behind Satwa Gold (8-8) at W'hampton 1m 1f mdn stk (5) pol.
Head Down 7-2 (8-9) Close up, chased winner 3f out, kept on, no chance with winner, 2nd of 10, 2 1/2l behind Dance And Dance (8-9) at Lingfield 7f mdn stk (5) pol in Feb.
Highgate Cat 16-1 (9-0) Slowly into stride, in rear, staying on when hampered and lost place 2f out, rallied final furlong, 5th of 10, 10l behind Set The Trend (9-3) at Lingfield 7f 3yo mdn (5) pol in Feb.
Ponting (IRE) 7-1 (9-3) Tracked leaders, ridden and hung left over 1f out, stayed on one pace, 5th of 11, 5l behind Fulham Broadway (9-3) at W'hampton 6f 2yo mdn (5) pol in Oct.
Tightrope (IRE) 80-1 (8-4) Close up, ridden over 3f out, weakened 1f out, last of 5, 11l behind Boscage (9-13) at Lingfield 1m mdn stk (4) pol.
Georgina Macrae 16-1 (8-4) Chased winner until 3f out, soon weakened, 9th of 10, 14l behind Dance And Dance (8-9) at Lingfield 7f mdn stk (5) pol in Feb.
La Gifted 20-1 (9-0) Outpaced, always behind, 15th of 16, 19l behind Bouvardia (9-0) at Yarmouth 6f 2yo mdn fll (4) gd in Sept.