The unbeaten HAFTOHAF is worth sticking with here. He followed up a debut victory at Wolverhampton with victory in a handicap at the same track and there should be more to come. Gabrial's Gift ran a shocker behind the selection before scoring at Lingfield and a 6lb penalty may be his undoing while Atlantis Crossing is 9lb higher than his win at Wolverhampton in September. Exceedexpectations, Travelling and Abhaath were all placed on their latest starts but Lingfield maiden winner Polar Venture makes more appeal on his handicap debut as he's more likely to improve.
Gabrial's Gift (IRE) 16-1 (9-2) Mid-division, smooth headway on inside from 2f out, led over 1f out, ridden out, won at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol beating Lastkingofscotland (8-12) by 1l, 10 ran.
Haftohaf 5-4fav (8-13) Tracked leaders, effort when edged right over 1f out, led inside final furlong, ran on, won at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Nov beating Cut Across (9-6) by 1 3/4l, 8 ran.
Atlantis Crossing (IRE) 20-1 (8-4) Held up towards rear, ridden over 1f out, stayed on towards finish, 6th of 14, 4l behind Head Of Steam (9-7) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Key Ambition 6-1 (9-4) Outpaced towards rear, headway over 1f out, ran on inside final furlong, never nearer, 3rd of 10, 1 1/2l behind Gabrial's Gift (9-2) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Ziefhd 8-1 (9-1) Led, ridden and headed 2f out, weakened final furlong, 10th of 12, 9l behind Millibar (9-2) at Lingfield 6f fll hcp (0-75) (3yo+) (5) pol in Oct.
Exceedexpectations 15-2 (9-4) Led, ridden 2 lengths clear over 1f out, headed towards finish, 2nd of 12, 3/4l behind Sunshine Always (9-4) at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-70 (5) pol.
Polar Venture 3-10fav (9-3) Held up, headway 2f out, ridden to lead approaching final furlong, pushed out, won at Lingfield 6f 3yo mdn stks (5) pol in Nov beating Summer Sun (8-12) by 1 1/4l, 9 ran.
Travelling 22-1 (9-1) In rear, ridden over 1f out, ran on to go 2nd towards finish, no chance with winner, 2nd of 7, 2 3/4l behind Balti's Sister (9-4) at Wolverhampton 7f fll hcp (0-75) (3yo+) (5) pol.
Abhaath (USA) 7-1 (9-4) Keen tracked leaders, ridden to chase winner over 1f out, kept on one pace, 3rd of 8, 1 3/4l behind Majuro (9-4) at Lingfield 7f sell stks (6) pol.