EX EX opened his account in a Lingfield maiden race over today's trip. Nick Littmoden's charge can follow-up as he has more scope than joint top-weight Daring Dragon. The latter faced a tough task in a Class 2 conditions race here last time and this is more his level while Burnhope can be given a chance on his earlier second over track and trip after a couple of outings at Southwell. A 3lb rise for winning here proved beyond New Rich last time but Ghostwing showed a bit more when placed on the Fibresand on his latest start.
Daring Dragon 100-1 (9-2) Held up in rear, in touch, effort over 1f out, soon no impression, 5th of 6, 7l behind Forest Edge (9-2) at Kempton 6f cnd stks (4yo+) (2) pol in Jan.
Ex Ex 6-4 (9-13) Always prominent, led over 1f out, ridden out, won at Lingfield 6f mdn stks (5) pol in Jan beating Bretherton (8-11) by 3/4l, 7 ran.
El Mirage (IRE) 33-1 (9-5) Soon led, headed narrowly 3f out, lost place over 1f out, gradually weakened inside final furlong, 8th of 10, 6l behind Valmina (9-6) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Jan.
Nelson Quay (IRE) 4-1 (9-2) Chased leaders in 4th, ridden and weakened over 2f out, 8th of 9, 19l behind Unison (9-7) at Ffos Las 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) sft in Aug.
Dorback 7-1 (9-7) Outpaced, 10th of 11, 8l behind I'll Be Good (8-9) at Wolverhampton 5f hacp 0-70 (5) pol in Jan.
Burnhope 4-1 (9-5) Slowly into stride, in touch, effort when hung left from over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 8th of 9, 11l behind Maakirr (8-10) at Southwell 6f hacp 0-70 (5) fbs in Jan.
Welliesinthewater (IRE) 66-1 (7-12) Dwelt, always in rear, ridden halfway, 9th of 10, 7l behind Absolutely So (8-13) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Dec.
Prince Of Passion (CAN) 12-1 (9-6) Tracked leader, effort over 2f out, kept on under pressure inside final furlong, no chance with winner, 2nd of 6, 5l behind Abi Scarlet (8-2) at Southwell 6f sell stks (6) fbs in Jan.
New Rich 11-4fav (9-4) In rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 5th of 9, 3l behind Insolenceofoffice (8-13) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Jan.
Ghostwing 7-2 (9-1) Towards rear, headway over 1f out, ridden inside final furlong, kept on to take 3rd towards finish, 3rd of 13, 1 3/4l behind Imjin River (8-7) at Southwell 5f hcp 0-60 (6) fbs in Jan.