A case can be made for all of these including Bretherton, who could only manage fifth on his latest start but in better company than this. He's closely matched with course winner Basil Berry on collateral form. Drive On rattled up a hat-trick over today's trip at the end of last year and returns to 7f for the first time since while Crowdmania chases a hat-trick under a penalty after wins at Wolverhampton and Lingfield. Announcement made a winning start at Thirsk, but that was back in June, and the vote goes to KHATIBA to remain unbeaten after getting the better of a subsequent winner on her racecourse debut over track and trip last month.
Bretherton 16-1 (8-8) Dwelt in touch in rear, ridden 2f out, kept on inside final furlong, never on terms, 5th of 7, 2l behind Pool House (8-11) at Lingfield 7f 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) pol.
Drive On (IRE) 11-10fav (9-0) Held up in rear, headway and edged left entering final furlong, ran on to go 2nd towards finish, not reach winner, 2nd of 7, 2 1/4l behind Major Crispies (9-2) at Lingfield 6f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) pol in Feb.
Crowdmania 2-1 (9-6) Made all, ridden and clear over 1f out, kept on well (no official time taken), won at Lingfield 1m 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) pol beating Ifrika (9-4) by 3 1/2l, 6 ran.
Announcement 33-1 (9-0) Dwelt, chased leaders, ridden to lead entering final furlong, held on well towards finish, won at Thirsk 6f 2yo mdn aut (6) gd in Jun beating Ticking Katie (9-0) by 3/4l, 12 ran.
Basil Berry 10-1 (8-12) Dropped out last, switched right and effort over 1f out, went 3rd towards finish, no impression, 3rd of 6, 3 1/2l behind Passing Star (8-11) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Khatiba (IRE) 11-2 (8-11) Dwelt, soon in touch, headway on inner 2f out, soon every chance, quickened to lead approaching final furlong, stayed on, won at Kempton 7f mdn stks (5) pol in Feb beating Joie De Reve (8-11) by 3/4l, 13 ran.