Official ratings suggest this is a match between Kingswinford and ELSPETH'S BOY with preference for the latter, who is having his first start for new connections and makes his debut at this level. He had some decent form in handicaps for William Haggas and Paul Hanagan's presence in the saddle is a bonus. Kingswinford won twice at Chester in the summer and has continued in good form. It will be a surprise if he's not involved in the finish while Master Of Dance looks the best alternative as he's been in very good form recently including twice on Polytrack at Wolverhampton. The maiden American Lover has run well here in the past and may prove best of the outsiders.
Kingswinford (IRE) 5-1 (8-11) Mid-division, chased leaders over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, no impression, 6th of 15, 7l behind Clockmaker (9-7) at Catterick 7f hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Oct.
Master Of Dance (IRE) 8-1 (9-3) Tracked leaders, ridden over 1f out, chased winner inside final furlong, lost 2nd final strides, 3rd of 11, 1l behind Glenridding (9-0) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Oct.
Elspeth's Boy (USA) 6-1 (9-3) Led until over 2f out, soon lost place, 6th of 10, 5l behind Cloud Rock (9-5) at Yarmouth 7f hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Aug.
Honest Buck 20-1 (8-11) Mid-division, effort and not much room over 2f out, never dangerous, 11th of 15, 18l behind Chookie Avon (9-5) at Newcastle 7f hcp 0-60 (6) sft in Sep.
Ruler's Honour (IRE) 100-1 (9-6) Dwelt, outpaced in rear, headway over 1f out, never on terms, 7th of 13, 11l behind Salik Tag (9-3) at Catterick 7f 3yo & 4yo mdn (5) gd in Sep.
Towneley Arms (IRE) 80-1 (9-0) Dwelt, behind, weakened over 3f out, 7th of 14, 15l behind Spying (9-3) at Beverley 7f 2yo mdn (5) gf in Jul '09.
Why So Serious 50-1 (8-10) Slowly into stride, held up, ridden 6f out, went 4th over 4f out, one pace final 3f, went 3rd over 1f out, no chance, 3rd of 7, 26l behind All My Heart (8-13) at Southwell 1m 6f hcp 0-75 (5) fbs in Aug.
Flying Phoenix 12-1 (7-9) Held up towards rear, headway over 1f out, not clear run inside final furlong, switched left, stayed on, 5th of 11, 4 1/2l behind Regency Art (8-5) at Leicester 7f clm stks (6) gf in Oct.
Goodmanyourself 25-1 (8-10) Led, took keen hold and soon clear, headed over 3f out, soon weakened, 8th of 12, 28l behind Valantino Oyster (9-1) at Redcar 1m 2f sell stks (6) gd in Oct.
Unex Goya (IRE) 22-1 (8-9) In touch on outside, pushed along over 4f out, weakened over 3f out, 12th of 14, 29l behind Yorksters Prince (9-7) at Redcar 1m 2f sell stks (6) gf in Sep.
American Lover (FR) 10-1 (9-3) Mid-division, ridden on outside over 2f out, stayed on same pace over 1f out, 6th of 13, 6l behind Makyaal (9-0) at Kempton 1m stks 0-55 (6) pol in Oct.
Convitezza 150-1 (8-10) Held up towards rear, pushed along over 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 6th of 12, 24l behind Valantino Oyster (9-1) at Redcar 1m 2f sell stks (6) gd in Oct.
Spirit Of Dixie 33-1 (8-7) Chased leaders, ridden over 2f out, weakened entering final furlong, 8th of 10, 7l behind Insolenceofoffice (9-0) at Redcar 6f app hcp (6) gd in Oct.
Wing N Prayer (IRE) 33-1 (8-11) Held up well in rear, some headway on outside 1f out, no impression, 9th of 13, 17l behind Prime Circle (8-7) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f app hcp 0-55 (6) pol in Sep.