Jamie Spencer and Richard Fahey teamed up with NORTHERN DARE at Lingfield a week ago and the combination can strike again as the seven-year-old still looks on a lenient mark, despite a penalty. Irish-based trainer Michael Browne had a winner at Kempton recently so the presence of recent Dundalk winner Ability N Delivery, with Seamie Heffernan in the saddle, has to be respected despite the worst of the draw. The veterans Efistorm and Fromsong are still capable of playing a part but the biggest threat may emerge from Island Legend, who has had a nice break and goes well around here.
Northern Dare (IRE) 8-1 (9-0) Soon ridden to lead, clear well over 1f out, hard ridden, ran on strongly, eased close home, won at Lingfield 5f hcp 0-75 (5) pol beating Efistorm (9-2) by 3l, 6 ran.
Efistorm 7-2 (9-2) Tracked leaders, kept on under pressure inside final furlong, never able to challenge, 2nd of 6, 3l behind Northern Dare (9-0) at Lingfield 5f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Island Legend (IRE) 9-2 (9-1) Chased winner, no impression when lost 2nd and weakened inside final furlong, 4th of 10, 5l behind Love You Louis (8-13) at Kempton 5f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Nov.
Fear Nothing 11-1 (9-7) In touch on inside, weakened over 1f out, 4th of 8, 5l behind Best Trip (9-4) at Kempton 6f hacp 0-70 (5) pol.
Ability N Delivery 6-1 (9-9) Tracked leaders in 4th, 2nd into straight, led over 1f out, kept on well under pressure, won at Dundalk 5f hcp 47-65 pol in Dec beating Desert Ben (9-0) by 1l, 14 ran.
Whiskey Junction 12-1 (9-7) Raced in rear, never dangerous, 11th of 12, 7l behind Picansort (9-5) at Lingfield 6f hacp 0-70 (5) pol.
Riflessione 8-1 (9-6) With leader, hung right and raced wide on bend well over 1f out, soon lost place, 10th of 12, 6l behind Picansort (9-5) at Lingfield 6f hacp 0-70 (5) pol.
Orchid Wing 20-1 (9-0) Went right start tracked leader, ridden halfwat, soon hung right, weakened over 1f out, last of 14, 42l behind Bonnie Prince Blue (9-4) at Southwell 6f hcp 0-75 (5) fbs in Nov.
Sherjawy (IRE) 8-1 (9-1) Chased winner throughout, ridden over 1f out, kept on same pace inside final furlong, never able to challenge, 2nd of 8, 2l behind Best Trip (9-4) at Kempton 6f hacp 0-70 (5) pol.
Fromsong (IRE) 8-1 (9-7) Behind, under pressure halfway, headway over 1f out, kept on well, nearest finish, 4th of 9, 4l behind Estonia (8-12) at Lingfield 5f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Dec.
Cape Royal 16-1 (9-6) Took keen hold, headway to press leader over 4f out, ridden over 1f out, soon beaten, last of 9, 8l behind You'relikemefrank (9-11) at Lingfield 5f hcp 0-65 (6) pol.
Straboe (USA) 7-2 (9-5) Held up in touch, effort over 2f out, soon no impression, 8th of 10, 9l behind Decider (9-5) at Lingfield 5f hcp 0-65 (6) pol.