MISTER ROSS can complete his hat-trick at the main expense of Swift Gift and Orpenindeed. This is the best race of the meeting by some margin and has attracted a decent field. Mister Ross made quite an impression on his handicap bow and proved to be the proverbial handicap snip when following up under a penalty just a few days later. He's been given a deserved break since then and will need to improve to follow up in this company from a 9lb higher mark but he has enough scope to believe that he can do so. Swift Gift was quite well backed to win a warm heat at Lingfield at the weekend but he could only finish in midfield behind Atlantic Story. He gives the impression that there is more to come and makes the short-list. Bellomi is worth a look on his first start for Gay Kelleway, both Dingaan and The Kiddykid are capable of taking a hand in proceedings whilst cases can also be made for Stanley Goodspeed and Perfect Act. Orpenindeed needed to be dropped into claiming company to regain the winning thread but that simple victory may have well have done wonders for his confidence and he's competitive from his mark if that has done the trick. A good number to consider in a cracking heat but the progressive Mister Ross is taken to take the step up in class in his stride.
Aeroplane 10-1 (8-11) Held up, headway over 2f out, soon driven and beaten, 8th of 11, 9l behind Mr Aviator (8-11) at Doncaster 7f stk (2) gd in Oct.
Bellomi (IRE) 4-6fav (9-9) Held up, smooth headway over 1f out, pushed ahead inside final furlong, comfortably, won at Newmarket 7f 3yo clm (5) gd in Aug beating Spin Again (9-3) by 1/2l, 7 ran.
Orpenindeed (IRE) 6-4fav (8-8) Made all, pushed clear entering final furlong, unchallenged, won at Great Leighs 6f clm (5) pol beating Little Edward (9-2) by 3 1/2l, 8 ran.
Swift Gift 6-1 (8-5) Steadied start, held up in rear, headway on inside over 1f out kept on final furlong but never near leaders, 6th of 10, 4 1/2l behind Atlantic Story (9-8) at Lingfield 7f hcap (2) pol.
Dingaan (IRE) 7-1 (8-11) In touch and keen, short of room and lost place 5f out, no further impression, last of 10, 11l behind Commander Cave (9-5) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-100 (2) pol.
The Kiddykid (IRE) 20-1 (9-4) Mid-division, headway over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, nearest finish, 5th of 12, 3 1/2l behind Mister New York (8-13) at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
King's Caprice 14-1 (8-12) Led until headed over 1f out, weakened quickly final furlong, last of 8, 8l behind Gallantry (8-11) at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Oct.
Stanley Goodspeed 16-1 (9-3) Towards rear, ridden over 1f out, kept on, not reach leaders, 4th of 10, 2l behind Internationaldebut (9-3) at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Dvinsky (USA) 3-1 (9-4) Led, ridden 2f out, no extra when headed 1f out, lost 2nd close home, 3rd of 12, 2 1/2l behind Dazzling Bay (8-9) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-80 (4) pol.
Perfect Act 10-1 (8-13) Held up in rear, ridden and headway entering final furlong, stayed on to go 3rd, 3rd of 11, 4l behind My Gacho (9-5) at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Carnivore 12-1 (9-9) Chased leaders, one pace final furlong, 6th of 13, 8l behind Harrison George (9-1) at York 7f hcp 0-85 (4) hvy in Jul.
Mister Ross 1-2fav (9-7) Soon crossed over to lead narrowly 5f out, hung badly right from 2f out and ended on stand rail, in command final furlong, won at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Oct beating Hessian (9-7) by 3 1/2l, 10 ran.
Resplendent Nova 12-1 (9-0) Held up towards rear, ridden 2f out, kept on not trouble leaders, 6th of 10, 7l behind Mahadee (8-13) at Great Leighs 1m hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Silver Wind 10-1 (9-2) Held up, ridden over 2f out, kept on, never dangerous, 5th of 8, 7l behind Orpenindeed (8-8) at Great Leighs 6f clm (5) pol.