Mongoose Alert is on the upgrade and escapes a penalty for his latest success in a seller at Lingfield. However, he'll need to find further improvement in this better company. Mighty Clarets is also facing a tougher task having won a lesser contest here last month but Dahaam and Thunderstruck are perfectly at home in this grade and both are worthy of consideration. FOLLOW THE FLAG has been in fine form over shorter trips at Southwell recently, but Alan McCabe's versatile gelding is equally at home on the Polytrack and has won three times over 1m2f. He gets the vote in what looks an open affair.
Chosen Forever 13-2 (9-8) Slowly into stride, in last trio, driven along 3f out, made some late headway inside final furlong, 6th of 9, 6l behind Chief Red Cloud (9-7) at Ripon 1m hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Aug.
Follow The Flag (IRE) 8-1 (9-4) Mid-division, ridden over 1f out, kept on to chase winner inside final furlong, always held, 2nd of 7, 1l behind Everymanforhimself (9-3) at Southwell 7f hcp 0-85 (4) fbs.
Thunderstruck 20-1 (8-4) Pulled hard in mid-division, headway under pressure over 1f out, soon no impression, 8th of 13, 2 3/4l behind Nice Style (9-7) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp 0-95 (3) pol.
Farleigh House (USA) 12-1 (9-8) Held up in rear, headway over 2f out, chased leaders over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 11, 13l behind Trip The Light (9-3) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Dec.
Granny McPhee 5-1 (9-10) Slowly into stride, towards rear of mid-division, outpaced when hampered over 2f out, never able to challenge, 7th of 13, 13l behind Dubai Bounty (8-9) at Chester 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) gs in Aug.
Mongoose Alert (IRE) 1-2fav (9-8) Always prominent, led over 1f out, ridden clear final furlong, won at Lingfield 1m 4f sell stks (6) pol in Dec beating Talenti (9-8) by 4l, 5 ran.
Dahaam 9-2 (9-1) Held up in touch, driven and outpaced 3f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on under pressure on outside final furlong, went 2nd post, not reach winner, 2nd of 7, 3/4l behind Spectait (9-5) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Dec.
Just Bond (IRE) 20-1 (9-3) Held up towards rear, never dangerous, 7th of 8, 6l behind Soviet Secret (8-13) at Redcar 1m hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Sep.
Pelham Crescent (IRE) 13-2 (9-4) Held up towards rear, ridden over 2f out, headway over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 5th of 10, 4 1/2l behind Mongoose Alert (8-11) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Nov.
Snow Dancer (IRE) 25-1 (9-3) Slowly into stride, in touch, driven along 3f out, plugged on same pace final 2f, 5th of 8, 9l behind Captain John Nixon (9-0) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Nov.
Whiteball Wonder (IRE) 25-1 (9-1) Held up, 10th halfway, progress early straight, 5th under pressure 1 1/2f out, kept on to go moderate 2nd close home, 2nd of 13, 2 1/2l behind Rambling Dancer (8-12) at Dundalk 1m 3yo stks pol in Dec.
Mighty Clarets (IRE) 6-1 (8-9) Tracked leading pair, headway on outside to chase leaders 3f out, chased winnner over 1f out, stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 2nd of 6, 1 1/4l behind Edgeworth (8-5) at Lingfield 1m 2f 4yo clm stks 0-70 (6) pol.