Whitby Jet bounced back to form with a victory over C&D three weeks ago and should confirm that running with Having A Ball. Purple 'n Gold also arrives in decent form having won a claimer over track and trip before fading in the closing stages over a longer distance back here last time. PRESBURG is looking to end a long losing run but has slipped down the weights as a consequence and a repeat of his second at Sandown in September will see him go very close as he's been dropped 7lb since then.
Whitby Jet (IRE) 7-2fav (9-7) Mid-division, ridden to chase leaders over 1f out, switched left 1f out, stayed on under pressure inside final furlong, led final stride, won at Kempton 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Dec beating Sporting Gold (8-10) by hd, 13 ran.
Presburg (IRE) 25-1 (9-0) Steadied start, held up towards rear, headway far side over 2f out, soon chasing leaders, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 12, 4 1/2l behind Aldwick Bay (9-9) at Windsor 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) hvy in Oct.
St Ignatius 7-1 (9-7) Raced wide in touch, ridden over 3f out, weakened over 2f out, 12th of 14, 13l behind Casual Mover (9-3) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Dec.
Six Silver Lane 50-1 (9-1) Mid-division, lost place over 2f out, 10th of 11, 13l behind Kaafel (9-4) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Dec.
L'Hirondelle (IRE) 14-1 (9-1) Led until over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 6th of 7, 12l behind Storm Runner (8-5) at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Dec.
Purple 'n Gold (IRE) 9-1 (8-13) Chased leading trio until 7f out, handy, stayed on to 3rd
Hurricane Hymnbook (USA) 8-1 (9-3) Held up towards rear, headway over 1f out, soon hung right, never on terms with leaders, 5th of 13, 5l behind Ancient Greece (9-9) at Kempton 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Nov.
Having A Ball 8-1 (8-13) Mid-division, headway to lead over 1f out, soon ridden, kept on until headed and no extra in 3rd final 50 yards, 3rd of 13, 2 1/2l behind Whitby Jet (9-7) at Kempton 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Dec.