CAVALRY GUARD is given a another chance while running well to land his second win in three runs while improved efforts for his new yard give Mocha Java claims with Rosie Cross also in calculations after producing her best for some time over course and distance two starts ago. The pick followed up a distance win at Lingfield in an apprentice race to narrowly miss out off the same mark at the same track, under the same rider, last time out. It is true that the four pound rise in his mark will make things a tougher in than in the last couple of starts but he doesn't have to beat much and is still open to some improvement. Mocha Java has rediscovered how to run a race since switching to a new yard and taking a year off. Those recent improvements have come off very lowly marks and while he was capable on the turf off a much higher rating the extra this time come prevent a long awaited success. Rosie Cross has slipped to a career low rating and smacks of a horse going in the wrong direction but in this poor event would have a claim while the same can be said for Franksalot who has shown very little over this trip so by process of elimination we go with Cavalry Guard.
Prix Masque (IRE) 14-1 (8-12) Behind, pushed along 3f out, ran on inside final furlong, 6th of 11, 3 1/2l behind Loyal Royal (8-9) at Lingfield 7f hcap (6) pol in Dec.
Too Grand 66-1 (8-5) In rear, wide into straight 2f out, ridden and never dangerous, 7th of 13, 6l behind Rapid City (8-12) at Lingfield 1m 2f clm (6) pol in Dec.
Cavalry Guard (USA) 4-1fav (8-3) Led after 1f, kicked on 2f out, ran on inside final furlong, caught last stride, 2nd of 11, shd behind Loyal Royal (8-9) at Lingfield 7f hcap (6) pol in Dec.
Franksalot (IRE) 16-1 (8-12) Slowly into stride, held up in rear, headway under pressure over 1f out, ran on inside final furlong, 3rd of 12, 3/4l behind Wooden King (8-12) at Lingfield 7f hcap (6) pol in Dec.
Briannsta (IRE) 25-1 (8-10) Chased leaders, driven along 3f out, weakened over 2f out, 11th of 12, 9l behind Wooden King (8-12) at Lingfield 7f hcap (6) pol in Dec.
Mocha Java 7-1 (8-7) Tracked leaders, led over 2f out, caught line, 2nd of 13, shd behind Hi Spec (9-0) at W'hampton 1m 1f Stks (41-45) (7) pol in Dec.
Mr Rev 14-1 (8-7) Towards rear, ridden after 2f, never dangerous, 8th of 12, 7l behind Mister Thatcher (8-5) at Lingfield 6f hcp (6) pol in Dec.
Balerno 14-1 (8-9) Always behind, 10th of 12, 7l behind Wooden King (8-12) at Lingfield 7f hcap (6) pol in Dec.
Rosie Cross (IRE) 3-1 (9-0) Chased leader, led inside final 2f, driven over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, no impression and lost 2 places final 100 yards, 4th of 12, 1 1/2l behind Tarkamara (9-0) at Lingfield 1m Stks (41-45) (7) pol in Dec.
Nordic Light (USA) 16-1 (8-2) Mid-division, ridden along 3f out, never trouble leaders, 12th of 13, 11l behind This Ones For Pat (8-13) at Southwell 5f hcp (6) fbs in Dec.
Stargazy 16-1 (8-11) Always towards rear, 11th of 14, 13l behind The Grey One (8-5) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-50 (6) pol in Oct.
Tuning Fork 12-1 (8-1) Close up, pushed along 3f out, weakened inside final 2f, 9th of 11, 7l behind Loyal Royal (8-9) at Lingfield 7f hcap (6) pol in Dec.
Chalentina 20-1 (8-8) Chased leaders, went 3rd under pressure 2f out, weakened well over 1f out, 10th of 11, 7l behind Loyal Royal (8-9) at Lingfield 7f hcap (6) pol in Dec.
Beckenham's Secret 6-1 (9-0) Took keen hold, held up on outer, driven and no impression final 2f, 7th of 12, 3 1/2l behind Tarkamara (9-0) at Lingfield 1m Stks (41-45) (7) pol in Dec.