Spirit of Coniston, Mickleberry and Briery Lane are the three to focus on in the finale and the vote is given to Spirit Of Coniston. The selection has taken a hike in the weights but the manner of his most recent success at Catterick suggests that it won't be enough to stop him. He goes well here and he can overcome a poor draw to score. Mickleberry is a course and distance winner and she overcame trouble to score over this course and distance last time. However, this race is tougher and she will have to overcome stall to win. Briery Lane ran well in a competitive handicap at Bath last time when third behind Hawridge Miss but the form of the stable is a big worry at present. Thoughtsofstardom is a course and distance winner with a good draw and he can go well at a price, but for the winner we will stick with Spirit of Coniston.
Spirit of Coniston 13-8fav (8-10) Held up behind leaders, led 2f out, soon clear, pushed out final furlong, won at Catterick 5f hcp 0-65 (6) gd in Oct beating Kings College Boy (9-4) by 3l, 12 ran.
Gifted Lass 15-2 (9-1) Chased leaders, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 7th of 10, 6l behind Sandwith (8-5) at W'hampton 5f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Oct.
Theoretical 20-1 (8-11) Keen hold in touch, ridden over 2f out, soon beaten, 7th of 11, 4 1/2l behind Willhewiz (9-3) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Oct.
Sofinella (IRE) 4-1co-fav (8-10) With leader, led over 3f out, ridden and headed over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, last of 10, 14l behind Sandwith (8-5) at W'hampton 5f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Oct.
Briery Lane (IRE) 11-1 (9-4) In rear, ridden over 2f out, headway over 1f out, edged left inside final furlong, kept on, 3rd of 17, 2l behind Hawridge Miss (8-11) at Bath 6f app hcp (6) gd in Oct.
Thoughtsofstardom 15-2 (8-13) In rear and outpaced, ridden over 2f out, weakened well over 1f out, 9th of 10, 11l behind Sandwith (8-5) at W'hampton 5f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Oct.
Matterofact (IRE) 22-1 (8-7) Led, headed over 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 6th of 10, 6l behind Sandwith (8-5) at W'hampton 5f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Oct.
Hello Roberto 20-1 (8-10) Chased leaders, ridden over 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 9th of 17, 7l behind Hawridge Miss (8-11) at Bath 6f app hcp (6) gd in Oct.
Triskaidekaphobia 12-1 (8-13) Soon led, headed inside final furlong, no extra close home, 3rd of 12, 1l behind Green Lagonda (9-2) at Kempton 5f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Oct.
Commander Wish 66-1 (8-11) Chased leader, led over 2f out, kept on well, won at W'hampton 5f Stks (41-45) (7) pol in Oct beating Muktasb (9-0) by 4l, 13 ran.
Avoca Dancer (IRE) 25-1 (9-3) Outpaced, stayed on nearest finish, 6th of 11, 5l behind Sofinella (8-12) at W'hampton 5f hcap (6) pol in Sept.
Mr Forthright 33-1 (8-10) Always towards rear, 13th of 17, 12l behind Hawridge Miss (8-11) at Bath 6f app hcp (6) gd in Oct.
Mickleberry (IRE) 8-1 (8-11) Chased leaders, every chance over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 4th of 16, 1 1/2l behind Registrar (8-12) at Nottingham 5f hcp (6) gf.