Jonnie Skull pops-up on occasions and did so over C&D earlier in the week but Lord Buffhead was unable to follow-up his earlier win at Wolverhampton under a penalty last time when Colourbearer finished runner-up. Frognal finished ahead of Waterloo Dock in a claimer here last month and Desert Strike should be thereabouts but SPEAK THE TRUTH won twice at this time last year including a division of this race. It could be his turn again today after a decent effort over C&D last time and Roger Ingram's sprinter gets the nod.
Speak The Truth (IRE) 7-2 (8-8) Not much room start, behind, good headway on inside over 1f out, ridden to challenge and every chance final 100 yards, just held, 3rd of 12, nk behind Belinsky (8-13) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Dec.
Desert Strike 7-1 (9-7) Chased leaders, outpaced over 2f out, stayed on under pressure inside final furlong, never nearer, 4th of 10, 2l behind Novabridge (9-6) at Lingfield 5f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Dec.
Frognal (IRE) 8-1 (7-10) Dwelt in rear, headway over 1f out, effort inside final furlong, not quicken near finish, 3rd of 10, 1 1/4l behind Efistorm (8-4) at Lingfield 6f clm stks (6) pol in Dec.
Waterloo Dock 33-1 (8-3) In touch, ridden over 2f out, weakened 1f out, 8th of 10, 12l behind Efistorm (8-4) at Lingfield 6f clm stks (6) pol in Dec.
Colourbearer (IRE) 3-1 (9-7) Tracked leaders, closed 3f out, led over 1f out, headed close home, 2nd of 11, nk behind Invigilator (9-6) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Dec.
My Own Way Home 20-1 (8-13) Led, ridden 2f out, headed entering final furlong, no extra, 4th of 10, 6l behind Lastkingofscotland (9-5) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Dec.
Dvinsky (USA) 6-1 (9-0) Chased leaders, lost place over 2f out, soon ridden and beaten, 8th of 9, 6l behind Stepturn (9-0) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Dec.
Scommettitrice (IRE) 5-1 (8-13) Chased leaders, outpaced halfway, headway over 1f out, ran on, 5th of 9, 1 1/4l behind Johnny Splash (8-4) at Lingfield 5f sll hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Jonnie Skull (IRE) 8-1 (8-0) Always prominent, led over 2f out, stayed on well, won at Lingfield 6f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Dec beating Welsh Inlet (8-12) by nk, 9 ran.
Lord Buffhead 15-2 (9-0) Slowly into stride, soon pushed along towards rear, stayed on inside final furlong, never nearer, 7th of 11, 4 1/2l behind Invigilator (9-6) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Dec.
Slatey Hen (IRE) 8-1 (8-11) Steadied start, headway on inside over 1f out, soon no impression, 6th of 9, 1 1/2l behind Johnny Splash (8-4) at Lingfield 5f sll hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Fantasy Fighter (IRE) 33-1 (9-2) Held up in rear, headway over 1f out, chased leaders inside final furong, ran on, never nearer, 4th of 10, 2 1/2l behind Rose Garnet (8-8) at Kempton 6f app hcp 0-50 (7) pol in Nov.