MING MASTER was not stopping at Wolverhampton last time and, now stepped up in trip, can do enough to score, with Elvira Magidan and Love Delta among the dangers. The selection has his third start in fairly quick succession, and after being tried over both 6f and 7f, he is now stepped up to what looks a more suitable mile. He stayed on well and was closest at the finish at Dunstall Park, and unless he finds this surface disagreeable he should be tough to beat. Elvira Madigan has also begun life on the racecourse positively and has also had some experience around these tight turns. She is kept to a mile here, although will probably be better over further, but she can't be discounted. Love Delta tries this distance for the first time on what is his debut on an artificial surface. He has a bit to prove on all counts and the market may well be our best guide to his chance and that of debutant stablemate Duellist, who is very well related and could certainly be a force tonight. Sasheen showed improvement from first run to second, both races being over a mile at Lingfield, and she is not passed over lightly, but Ming Master is the suggestion here.
Bonamassa 100-1 (9-3) Raced wide, held up, pushed along halfway, weakened from 3f out, 11th of 12, 23l behind Whistleinthewind (9-3) at Lingfield 1m 2yo mdn stks (5) pol in Nov.
Bondage (IRE) 10-1 (9-3) Tracked leaders, steadied when not much room and lost place after 1f, effort well over 1f out, no impression, 6th of 10, 5l behind Bramshaw (9-3) at Kempton 7f 2yo mdn stks (5) pol in Nov.
Colonel Henry Imperial Dancer gelding out of Spark Of Life.
Duellist Dubawi colt out of Satin Flower.
Love Delta (USA) 7-2 (9-3) Prominent, ridden to challenge over 2f out, soon every chance, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 12, 7l behind Fortunes Of Fire (9-3) at Newcastle 6f 2yo mdn (5) gs in Sep.
Ming Master (FR) 50-1 (9-3) Held up, ridden over 1f out, one pace, 4th of 7, 2 3/4l behind Saharia (9-3) at Wolverhampton 7f 2yo mdn stks (5) pol.
Tiger Star 33-1 (9-3) Tracked leaders, pulled hard, bumped over 5f out, ridden over 2f out, soon beaten, 9th of 10, 9l behind Bramshaw (9-3) at Kempton 7f 2yo mdn stks (5) pol in Nov.
Elvira Madigan 9-4fav (9-0) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, challenged winner when carried head high inside final furlong, not run on towards finish, 3rd of 11, 1 1/4l behind Fairy Flight (9-0) at Lingfield 1m 2yo mdn fll (5) pol.
Gracious Melange Medicean filly out of Goodness Gracious.
Sasheen 33-1 (9-0) Close up, ridden to join leader and every chance from 2f out, driven and unable to quicken inside final furlong, no extra towards finish, 3rd of 11, 1l behind Gifted Apakay (9-0) at Lingfield 1m 2yo mdn fll (5) pol.