It's difficult to make a strong case for any of these. LAYLA'S BOY is 7lb higher than when scoring over C&D during the summer but has gone close on his last couple of starts and gets the tentative vote. Prolific course winner Kingaroo has claims though he's not easy to predict these days while Lakeman had little chance behind La Estrella in a claimer here last week and did well to finish third. Viola Da Gamba may figure if handling the surface while Irish raider War is worth noting though he looks no great shakes on his form to date.
Miss Kingwood 50-1 (9-1) Keen tracked leaders, lost place over 5f out, tailed off, 12th of 13, well behind Just When (8-11) at Bath 1m 4f hcp 0-70 (5) sft in Oct.
Layla's Boy 16-1 (9-9) Held up mid-division, headway on outer 2f out, ridden over 1f out, stayed on well, 3rd of 11, 1 3/4l behind Mutual Regard (9-3) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Oct.
Monzino (USA) 33-1 (9-0) Slowly away in rear, headway halfway, led 4f out, ridden and headed 3f out, plugged on, 5th of 9, 20l behind Irish Jugger (8-13) at Southwell 2m hcp 0-75 (5) fbs.
Kingaroo (IRE) 28-1 (9-8) Led, headed over 3f out, lost place over 2f out, stayed on inside final furlong, 6th of 12, 5l behind Shamo Hill Theatre (9-0) at Nottingham 1m 2f ladies hcp 0-65 (6) sft in Oct.
Essexbridge 4-1fav (9-7) Tracked leaders in 4th, weakened over 2f out, last of 12, well behind Categorical (10-0) at Redcar 1m 6f hcp 0-65 (6) hvy.
Goldmadchen (GER) 7-2 (8-9) Held up towards rear, pushed along over 3f out, ridden over 2f out, soon weakened, 7th of 8, 11l behind Spin A Wish (8-9) at Redcar 1m sell stks (6) hvy.
Lakeman (IRE) 28-1 (8-10) Tracked leader, led over 3f out, ridden and headed over 2f out, kept on one pace, 3rd of 6, 5l behind La Estrella (9-10) at Southwell 1m 3f clm stks (6) fbs.
Viola da Gamba (IRE) 9-1 (9-0) Chased leaders, effort 3f out, chased leaders over 2f out, stayed on to 2nd inside final furlong, no impression on winner, 2nd of 8, 2 1/4l behind Mama Quilla (9-7) at Windsor 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) sft in Oct.
Leitrim King (IRE) 9-2 (9-7) Bumped start, in touch, headway to lead 9f out, ridden over 2f out, headed well over 1f out, chased winner until over 1f out, no extra and lost 3rd inside final furlong, 4th of 11, 12l behind Zowaina (9-3) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Jun.
General Tufto 28-1 (8-6) Dwelt outpaced, never near leaders, 9th of 13, 18l behind No Dominion (9-0) at Southwell 1m hcp (0-65) (6) fbs in Oct.
Elysian Heights (IRE) 9-1 (9-5) Held up in rear, headway over 3f out, ridden over 2f out, never on terms, one pace over 1f out, 6th of 12, 12l behind Zarosa (7-9) at Nottingham 2m hcp 0-65 (6) sft in Oct.
Investment World (IRE) 40-1 (9-10) Tracked leaders, took keen hold, went 2nd over 3f out until over 2f out, beaten over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 8th of 12, 18l behind Goldan Jess (9-0) at Kempton 2m hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Sep.
Ptolomeos 11-1 (9-3) Mid-division, headway 7f out, not much room over 5f out, lost place over 2f out, plugged on inside final furlong, 8th of 12, 6l behind Shamo Hill Theatre (9-0) at Nottingham 1m 2f ladies hcp 0-65 (6) sft in Oct.
War (IRE) 33-1 (8-2) Soon prominent, challenged under pressure and on terms when wandered about a bit 2f out, soon no impression, 2nd over 1f out, kept on same pace, 4th of 14, 6l behind Citizenship (9-1) at Killarney 2m 1f hcp in Jul.