It could pay to stick with HOT SUGAR in this opener. Michael Appleby's charge dropped 16lb in the handicap last year and took advantage when beating the short-priced favourite Welease Bwian along with Billy Red over C&D last time and can go in again off his current mark. Neither Mother Jones or Roy's Legacy have figured off higher marks since winning on the Polytrack at the end of last year and Dancing Freddy is getting no closer despite slipping down the weights.
Mother Jones 8-1 (9-6) Mid-division, headway on inside over 1f out, soon ridden, kept on inside final furlong, never reached leaders, 5th of 9, 2 1/4l behind Danzoe (8-13) at Lingfield 5f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Dec.
Roy's Legacy 16-1 (8-10) Chased leaders, ridden over 1f out, kept on same pace, no extra final 50 yards, 8th of 10, 2 1/2l behind Island Legend (9-1) at Kempton 5f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Dec.
Dancing Freddy (IRE) 25-1 (8-7) Set strong pace, soon clear, ridden 2f out, headed over 1f out, weakened closing stages, 4th of 7, 3 1/2l behind Kakatosi (9-5) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Dec.
Billy Red 12-1 (9-5) In touch on outside, driven over 2f out, lost place and ridden over 1f out, no extra, 8th of 10, 5l behind Hot Sugar (9-1) at Lingfield 5f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Dec.
Welease Bwian (IRE) 5-4fav (9-2) Mid-division, ridden to chase leaders 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, no impression, 5th of 10, 1 3/4l behind Hot Sugar (9-1) at Lingfield 5f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Dec.
Hot Sugar (USA) 12-1 (9-1) With leader, driven 2f out, ridden and every chance inside final furlong, stayed on to lead narrowly towards finish, won at Lingfield 5f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Dec beating Speightowns Kid (9-7) by nk, 10 ran.