PRIVATE EQUITY is taken to complete the hat-trick at the main expense of Very Distinguished and Mountain Forest. The selection is an unexposed filly who could be one to stay on the right of. She won well at Kempton before scoring at Wolverhampton with plenty in hand last month. The yard are in good form and we see no reason to try and take her on. Very Distinguished finished behind her last month and on these terms there should be little between them again. However, our selection looks to be on an upward curve and and that could leave Very Distinguished again playing second fiddle. Mountain Forest has yet to be even placed in 10 starts but he is dropping to a potentially very handy mark and he did shape with a little more encouragement at Lingfield earlier in the month. Nyetimber is worth a market check on his handicap debut but his form so far leaves a little to be desired. Private Equity is in great form and she is taken to win again.
Nyetimber (USA) 25-1 (9-3) Held up towards rear, pushed along over 2f out, kept on to go 4th inside final furlong, not reached leaders, 4th of 12, 8l behind King Red (9-11) at Wolverhampton 1m 6f mdn stks (5) pol in Nov.
Private Equity (IRE) 7-2 (8-3) Held up mid-division, headway over 2f out, ridden to lead inside final furlong, kept on, won at Wolverhampton 1m 6f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Nov beating Leyte Gulf (9-7) by 1 1/4l, 13 ran.
Playful Asset (IRE) 8-1 (8-11) Set steady pace, tried to quicken over 2f out, headed over 1f out, soon weakened, last of 13, 15l behind Hereford Boy (9-6) at Kempton 1m hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Nov.
Very Distinguished 10-1 (8-12) Held up towards rear, good headway on outside 3f out, led over 2f out, soon ridden clear, no extra and headed inside final furlong, 2nd of 13, 1 1/2l behind Private Equity (8-11) at Kempton 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-50 (7) pol in Nov.
Mackintosh (IRE) 9-1 (9-0) In rear, kept on one pace straight, 9th of 14, 6l behind Duaiseoir (9-5) at Dundalk 1m 3f Handicap (47-65) (3yo) pol in Nov.
Seaquel 9-2 (8-8) Keen, mid-division, ridden over 3f out, not trouble leaders, 8th of 11, 7l behind Binnion Bay (8-11) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp 0-52 (6) pol.
Jiggalong 16-1 (9-0) Held up, headway to close up over 4f out, ridden and weakened over 2f out, last of 12, 20l behind Holyfield Warrior (8-8) at Lingfield 1m hcp (6) pol in Nov.
Mountain Forest (GER) 4-1 (8-8) Tracked leader, until ridden over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 6th of 12, 5l behind Lunar Limelight (8-12) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp 0-52 (6) pol.