Directorship was just beaten over course and distance off this mark last May and generally runs well here. Fire Ship enjoyed a successful campaign last season but the handicapper took appropriate action and he might need this. There are similar concerns surrounding Jake's Destiny but Mister Music should strip fitter for his fifth at Kempton while Maverik won at Nottingham earlier this month but is now on a career-high mark. SPA'S DANCER gets a tentative vote as he is 3lb lower than when a good third to Trade Commissioner over track and trip last July and will enjoy the good ground. Forgotten Hero won on his reappearance last year and may be the danger if improving for the fitting of a hood.
Fire Ship 9-2 (8-12) Towards rear, headway approaching 2f out, ridden and stayed on towards finish, not reach leaders, 3rd of 11, 4l behind French Navy (9-0) at Newmarket 1m Listed stks 3yo (1) sft in Nov.
Mister Music 6-1 (9-6) Dwelt, soon tracking leader until over 3f out, close 3rd on inside, challenged on inside 2f out, soon every chance, still pressing over 1f out, weakening when hampered and dropped to 5th towards finish, 5th of 7, 2 1/2l behind Es Que Love (9-7) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-105 (2) pol.
Jake's Destiny (IRE) 11-4fav (9-5) Led, headed over 3f out, ridden and every chance over 1f out, kept on one pace, 3rd of 10, 1l behind Wannabe King (9-3) at Newmarket 1m hcp 0-95 (3) sft in Nov.
Maverik 11-1 (9-0) Made all, ridden inside final furlong, ran on well, won at Nottingham 1m hcp 0-95 (3) gd beating Weapon Of Choice (9-1) by 1l, 13 ran.
Spa's Dancer (IRE) 40-1 (8-11) Led near side group and with leaders overall, headed near side 2f out, chased leaders, weakened final furlong, 19th of 33, 14l behind Bronze Angel (8-8) at Newmarket 1m 1f hcp (2) gd in Sep.
Directorship 17-2 (9-7) Keen early, always in rear, last of 10, 11l behind Wannabe King (9-3) at Newmarket 1m hcp 0-95 (3) sft in Nov.
Forgotten Hero (IRE) 22-1 (9-0) Raced near side, chased leaders, pushed along 3f out, ridden and outpaced 2f out, stayed on again inside final furlong, no chance with far side leaders, 12th of 26, 6l behind Jack Dexter (8-13) at Ascot 7f Apprentice Handicap (0-100) (3yo+) (2) sft in Oct.
Embankment 8-1 (8-10) Dwelt, in rear, driven forward on wide outside over 2f out, chased leaders over 1f out, soon weakened, last of 6, 7l behind Grey Mirage (8-9) at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Dec.