No recent winning form to go on and a purely speculative vote goes to LACONICOS. He's been threatening to get his head back in front of late, including when a close-up third over C&D last month. Locum looks to have dropped to a winning mark judged on his recent second at Yarmouth, while Dane Cottage and Alhaque were both placed on their latest starts. Aureate had Alternative Choice behind when fourth here recently and should confirm that running.
Mick's Dancer 12-1 (9-2) Prominent 2f, held up in touch, ridden over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 8th of 13, 14l behind Alshazah (9-0) at Kempton 1m 3f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Sep.
Alternative Choice (USA) 8-1 (9-11) Held up in rear, came wide entering straight, headway over 1f out, stayed on, not able to reach leaders, 6th of 11, 2 1/2l behind Shouda (9-7) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Sep.
Laconicos (IRE) 8-1 (10-7) In touch, ridden over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, 5th of 15, 3 1/2l behind Dean Iarracht (10-3) at Beverley 1m 2f am hcp 0-60 (6) gf in Sep.
Locum 5-1 (9-3) Held up in rear, headway over 4f out, led over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, no extra, 2nd of 6, 3/4l behind Market Puzzle (8-5) at Yarmouth 1m 2f app hcp 0-60 (6) sft in Aug.
Dane Cottage 6-1 (9-8) Mid-division, headway over 3f out, soon chasing leaders, ridden to challenge over 1f out, kept on same pace, 3rd of 12, 4l behind Strikemaster (9-3) at Catterick 2m hcp 0-60 (6) gf.
Aureate 12-1 (9-7) Tracked leaders, ridden over 4f out, stayed on same pace final 3f, 3rd of 14, 6l behind Master Of Song (9-3) at Southwell 1m 4f hcp (6) fbs.
Alhaque (USA) 20-1 (9-7) Held up towards rear, headway on outside over 2f out, chased winner inside final 2f, stayed on inside final furlong, always held, 2nd of 14, 1l behind Fifty Cents (9-7) at Kempton 1m 3f stks 0-55 (6) pol in Sep.
Kickahead (USA) 3-1fav (9-1) Held up mid-division, headway 2f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on same pace, 6th of 12, 5l behind Cozy Tiger (9-7) at Wolverhampton 1m 6f hcp 0-65 (6) pol in May '10.
Valdan (IRE) 20-1 (8-11) Led after 3f, headed well over 1f out, soon weakened, last of 13, 22l behind Miss Ferney (8-9) at Catterick 1m 6f hcp 0-65 (6) gd in Sep.
Bright Sparky (GER) 33-1 (9-1) Behind, headway over 3f out, soon beaten, 8th of 12, 34l behind Strikemaster (9-3) at Catterick 2m hcp 0-60 (6) gf.
Fascinating (IRE) 5-1fav (8-9) Chased leaders, pushed along halfway, weakened over 2f out, 6th of 12, 16l behind Duquesa (9-0) at Windsor 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gf.
Galileo Figaro (AUS) .