MALT OR MASH's mark doesn't reflect his current level of ability but he can still prove too strong for Lost Soldier Three and Charging Indian. Richard Hannon has had just four runners at the track in recent seasons but one of them has scored and he may be able to double his tally with this formerly smart handicapper. Malt Or Mash has struggled to recapture his best form after a spell on the sidelines but this test may well suit him if he copes with the surface. Lost Soldier Three possessed a similar rating to the selection not very long ago and there may not be as much between the pair as official figures suggest. He's been performing well since being dropped to this sort of level and has live claims if proving his effectiveness on this track. There are no concerns on that score with Charging Indian who won a handicap here last time and he appeals as the likeliest beneficiary if the aforementioned pair fluff their lines. Boundless Prospect is a regular here and cannot be ignored whilst Inconspicuous Miss ran well on her sole visit and may benefit from the headgear but we'll side with Malt Or Mash.
Malt Or Mash (USA) 16-1 (9-11) Led, headed over 2f out, soon weakened, 13th of 14, 13l behind Crocus Rose (8-7) at Doncaster 1m 7f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Oct.
Lost Soldier Three (IRE) 11-10fav (9-0) Tracked winner, ridden over 3f out, every chance over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, 2nd of 7, 3/4l behind Oddsmaker (9-1) at Musselburgh 1m 4f sell stks (6) gs in Oct.
Charging Indian (IRE) 9-1 (8-7) In rear, headway over 3f out, led final furlong, kept on well, won at Southwell 1m 3f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) fbs in Oct beating Gaselee (8-11) by 2 1/4l, 8 ran.
Majehar 10-1 (9-4) Held up in rear, headway on outside over 1f out, kept on to take 2nd inside final furlong, no chance with winner, 2nd of 12, 3 1/2l behind Mista Rossa (9-8) at Kempton 1m 4f clm stks (6) pol in Sep.
Applaude 14-1 (9-1) In touch, ridden and weakened over 2f out, eased over 1f out, last of 13, 30l behind I'm In The Pink (9-3) at Nottingham 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) hvy.
A One (IRE) 66-1 (9-7) Chased leaders for 3f, 10th of 12, 28l behind Realt Na Mara (10-5) at Leicester 7f am hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Oct.
Boundless Prospect (USA) 13-2 (9-13) Dwelt, always towards rear, 10th of 13, 13l behind Warne's Way (9-11) at Newbury 1m 4f ladies hcap (5) sft in Oct.
McEldowney 12-1 (8-5) Led, headed halfway and remained in touch until weakened over 2f out, 5th of 9, 19l behind Desert Destiny (8-12) at Catterick 1m 6f 4yo sell stks (6) gf in Jun.
Inconspicuous Miss (USA) 15-2 (8-2) Tracked leaders, went 2nd over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 3rd of 11, 4l behind Satwa Gold (9-2) at Kempton 1m 2f clm stks (6) pol in Oct.
Dancing Ghost (IRE) 40-1 (8-12) Slowly into stride, soon behind, outpaced, 11th of 12, 24l behind Penitent (9-3) at Newmarket 7f 3yo mdn (4) gd in Jul.
Kabougg 100-1 (8-5) Always in rear, 9th of 12, 28l behind Big Bay (9-3) at Nottingham 1m 3yo mdn (5) gd in Oct.