Copperwood beat Herbalist, Tartan Gigha and Gabrial's Hope in a Lingfield seller in December. He should figure again along with Sutton Sid, who also won a plating race at the same track earlier this month. Top Diktat looks a threat dropped in class in an effort to end a long losing run, but MY LORD arrives in better form and looks a safer proposition. He returned to the Flat with victory in a handicap at Wolverhampton after a successful spell over hurdles and Tony Carroll's charge is fancied to follow up in this lesser company.
My Lord 16-1 (9-2) Last to break, held up in last, closed 3f out, led over 1f out, edged left towards finish, held on, won at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) pol beating Gioia Di Vita (8-13) by shd, 5 ran.
Top Diktat 25-1 (8-9) Held up in rear, some headway over 1f out, never nearer, 7th of 13, 6l behind Artistical (9-3) at Kempton 1m 3f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Tartan Gigha (IRE) 4-1 (9-3) Tracked leaders, ridden to chase leader 2f out, kept on one pace final furlong, 4th of 10, 1 1/2l behind Copperwood (9-9) at Lingfield 1m 2f sell stks (6) pol in Dec.
Sutton Sid 5-4fav (9-4) Tracked leader, ridden and every chance over 2f out, stayed on same pace approaching final furlong, 3rd of 6, 4l behind Paddy's Saltantes (8-12) at Lingfield 1m 2f sell stks (6) pol.
Copperwood 8-1 (8-7) Led at steady pace, pushed along and quickened over 2f out, joined 2f out, soon headed, weakened inside final furlong, last of 5, 4l behind Gabrial The Boss (8-5) at Kempton 1m clm stks (6) pol.
Bollin Judith 5-1 (8-11) Dwelt, soon tracked winner, reminder over 3f out, lost place over 2f out, no chance with front pair, 3rd of 4, 22l behind La Estrella (9-10) at Lingfield 2m clm stks (6) pol.
Gabrial's Hope (FR) 9-4 (9-3) Tracked leader, outpaced in 3rd 3f out, chased winner over 2f out, soon ridden, hung left over 1f out, kept on in clear 2nd final furlong, no impression, 2nd of 5, 2 1/2l behind A Little Bit Dusty (9-3) at Lingfield 1m 4f sell stks (6) pol.
Herbalist 10-1 (9-5) Tracked leaders, lost place over 2f out, soon weakened, 11th of 13, 24l behind Sutton Sid (9-4) at Lingfield 1m 2f sll hcp 0-60 (6) pol.