Whispering Warrior was sent off a well-backed favourite on his return to action at Lingfield and duly obliged. He steps up a grade off a 6lb higher mark for this and CALIFORNIA ENGLISH makes more appeal. The latter is not the most reliable but a repeat of his latest second at Wolverhampton would see the C&D winner bang there at the finish. Neither Fairyinthewind nor Breakheart could cope with a rise in the weights last time having won their penultimate starts but Buckland has a good shout in this grade and Diplomatic is not out of this either.
California English (IRE) 16-1 (9-5) In touch on outside, went 2nd over 2f out, switched left and ridden over 1f out, kept on final furlong, always held, 2nd of 9, 1 1/4l behind Beautiful Day (9-6) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Fairyinthewind (IRE) 5-4fav (9-7) Held up in last pair, headway on outside over 2f out, wide and outpaced entering straight, soon ridden, kept on under pressure inside final furlong, never reached leaders, 4th of 7, 1 1/2l behind Al Freej (9-4) at Lingfield 1m fll hcp (0-75) (5) pol.
Buckland (IRE) 16-1 (8-5) Tracked leaders on outside, lost place 4f out, ridden and closed over 1f out, kept on same pace inside final furlong, 4th of 7, 2 1/4l behind Lowther (8-12) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Diplomatic (IRE) 6-1 (9-1) Close up in 5th, pushed along 3f out, ridden and no impression on outside over 1f out, 7th of 12, 3 1/2l behind Breakheart (8-3) at Kempton 1m hacp 0-70 (5) pol.
Whispering Warrior (IRE) 7-4fav (9-4) Tracked leader, every chance over 1f out, led inside final furlong, ran on well, won at Lingfield 1m 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Dec beating Derfenna Art (9-5) by 1/2l, 8 ran.
Breakheart (IRE) 4-1 (9-2) Mid-division, ridden and headway over 1f out, stayed on to chase leaders inside final furlong, no impression, 4th of 9, 2 1/2l behind Travelling (9-4) at Kempton 1m app hcp 0-65 (6) pol.
Warbond 10-1 (9-2) Behind, headway on inside over 2f out, chased leaders over 1f out, stayed on same pace final furlong, 4th of 14, 2l behind Glastonberry (9-6) at Lingfield 7f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Dec.