SPORTING GOLD was having his first start since May when runner-up at Kempton last month. He went very close when headed at the line by Whitby Jet and Roger Varian's charge is preferred to Grand Theft Equine. The latter ran well in a maiden over track and trip last time while Frosty Friday looks next best as she usually saves her best for the Polytrack. The remainder are hard to fancy unless Dubai Story is much better than she showed on her modest debut at Wolverhampton.
Delightful Sleep 6-1 (8-4) Mid-division, headway 2f out, driven and kept on inside final furlong, never troubled leaders, 7th of 13, 8l behind Lord Of The Dance (9-4) at Kempton 1m app hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Dec.
Grand Theft Equine 6-1 (9-6) Raced wide tracked leaders, chased winner 2f out, ridden and ran on, not pace to challenge, 2nd of 10, 1 1/4l behind Syncopate (9-3) at Lingfield 1m 2f mdn auc stks (6) pol in Dec.
Sporting Gold (IRE) 4-1 (8-10) Tracked leader after 2f, led 2f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, rallied to regain lead final 50 yards, headed final stride, 2nd of 13, hd behind Whitby Jet (9-7) at Kempton 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Dec.
Frosty Friday 10-1 (9-0) Towards rear, ridden and some headway 3f out, not trouble leaders, 5th of 9, 13l behind Snooky (9-3) at Southwell 1m mdn stks (5) fbs in Nov.
Tymismoni (IRE) 20-1 (8-12) Held up in rear, some late headway, never nearer, 7th of 13, 7l behind Norwegian Reward (9-4) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp (6) pol in Dec.
Arbeejay 50-1 (8-9) Prominent, under pressure over 2f out, soon weakened, 12th of 13, 9l behind Norwegian Reward (9-4) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp (6) pol in Dec.
Dubai Story 15-2 (8-12) Dwelt, in rear, effort over 3f out, ridden well over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 6th of 8, 12l behind Abbraccio (9-5) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f mdn stks (5) pol in Dec.