Clock Opera failed to land the odds when runner-up at Wolverhampton last time and the winner has since been well beaten. She should make a bold bid nevertheless but SAND BOY is expected to improve past her. The latter was having his first start since July when third at Lingfield earlier this month and Charlie Hills' colt will have come on for that pipe-opener. Batchworth Lady is going the right way with a second over course and distance last time and makes more appeal than Quelle Affaire and Bonbon Bonnie, who have shown little so far.
Bonbon Bonnie 50-1 (9-0) Tracked leader, outpaced 2f out, soon beaten, 4th of 8, 7l behind Marvelino (8-11) at Lingfield 5f mdn auc stks (6) pol.
Sand Boy (IRE) 6-1 (9-5) Hampered soon after start, chased leaders, outpaced 2f out, stayed on to take 3rd inside final furlong, no chance with front pair, 3rd of 7, 8l behind Upavon (9-5) at Lingfield 6f 3yo mdn stks (5) pol.
Batchworth Lady 9-2 (8-7) Slowly into stride, soon recovered to chase leading trio, went 3rd halfway, effort on inside 2f out, ridden to lead over 1f out, headed approaching final furlong, kept on same pace, 2nd of 8, 1 3/4l behind Two In The Pink (8-7) at Kempton 6f mdn auc stks (6) pol.
Clock Opera (IRE) 8-15fav (8-5) Tracked winner, ridden and effort on ouside entering straight, kept on same pace under pressure final furlong, always held, 2nd of 6, 2l behind Gaelic Wizard (9-5) at Wolverhampton 6f mdn auc stks (6) pol.
Quelle Affaire 50-1 (8-8) Restrained start, held up towards rear and keen, ridden over 1f out, never dangerous, 8th of 9, 14l behind Poet's Prospect (8-10) at Kempton 7f mdn fll (5) pol.