Gaelic Wizard has found only one too good on three occasions now but his form tapered off toward the end of the year and Clock Opera is preferred. She's getting plenty of weight from her older rival and is making steady progress but may find CHARTER has the edge on her in this. The latter led briefly inside the final furlong at Kempton last time until caught by Whipper Snapper and is fancied to hang on for victory this time. The remainder have shown little so far and are hard to fancy.
Gaelic Wizard (IRE) 5-1 (9-4) Led for about 2f, tracked leaders in 3rd, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 4th of 6, 16l behind Dance Express (8-12) at Kempton 7f mdn auc stks (6) pol in Nov.
Script 40-1 (8-12) Mid-division, effort over 3f out, ridden over 2f out, no impression, weakened over 1f out, 6th of 9, 19l behind Shaleek (8-12) at Catterick 7f 3yo & 4yo mdn (5) gf in Sep.
Charter (IRE) 11-2 (9-3) Tracked leader, challenged over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on and every chance inside final furlong, held towards finish, 2nd of 8, 1 1/4l behind Whipper Snapper (9-3) at Kempton 6f 2yo mdn auc stks (6) pol in Dec.
Hidden Link 50-1 (9-3) Went right start, held up in rear, never a factor, 8th of 10, 11l behind Elnadwa (8-12) at Wolverhampton 7f 2yo mdn auc stks (6) pol in Oct.
Whiteflats 25-1 (9-3) Slowly away tracked leaders over 3f out, ridden halfway, weakened 2f out, last of 5, 14l behind Golden Flower (8-12) at Wolverhampton 5f 2yo mdn stks (5) pol in Dec.
Clock Opera (IRE) 9-1 (9-0) Chased leaders, headway under pressure over 1f out, kept on well, never able to challenge, 3rd of 7, 3 1/2l behind Midnight Flower (9-0) at Wolverhampton 6f 2yo mdn fll auc stks (6) pol in Dec.
Scarlet Strand 33-1 (8-9) Held up in rear, headway over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 6th of 7, 13l behind Midnight Flower (9-0) at Wolverhampton 6f 2yo mdn fll auc stks (6) pol in Dec.