MR OPTIMISTIC is showing good progress now the penny has finally dropped. He ran out an impressive winner at Wolverhampton last time beating Je Suis Unrockstar by three lengths and capable apprentice George Chaloner helps offset a 9lb rise in the weights. Richard Fahey's charge is preferred to Morermaloke who won a weak maiden at Lingfield last week but has gone well here before while Mandy's Hero is another recent maiden winner with scope for improvement. Johnny Hancocks has a bit to find with the selection and Welsh Inlet doesn't look good enough.
Mr Optimistic 11-4 (9-2) Tracked leaders, not clear run and switched left well over 1f out, led entering final furlong, hung right, ran on, won at Wolverhampton 5f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) pol beating Je Suis Unrockstar (8-13) by 3l, 8 ran.
Morermaloke 1-4fav (9-3) Held up in touch, smooth headway over 1f out, ran on to lead inside final furlong, readily, won at Lingfield 5f 3yo mdn stks (5) pol beating Fairy Tales (8-12) by 1 1/4l, 7 ran.
Mandy's Hero 8-15fav (8-10) Made all, ridden and edged right just over 1f out, ran on well, won at Lingfield 5f mdn auc stks (6) pol beating Pineapple Pete (8-10) by 2l, 7 ran.
Johnny Hancocks (IRE) 5-1 (9-0) Led, hung right well over 1f out, headed entering final furlong, stayed on same pace, 3rd of 8, 3 1/2l behind Mr Optimistic (9-2) at Wolverhampton 5f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Welsh Inlet (IRE) 16-1 (8-9) Went right start, ridden and effort over 1f out, kept on well, never able to challenge, 4th of 9, 2l behind Palais Glide (8-12) at Lingfield 6f 3yo mdn stks (5) pol.