Strike Force popped up at 20/1 here last week and carries a penalty as a consequence. He beat THECORNISHCOWBOY less than a length and, as the latter is much better off on today's terms, John Ryan's charge gets the vote to reverse running and land this. Kampai is another recent winner but has gone up 6lb for winning an amateurs' race over C&D and Archina makes more appeal stepping up in trip. Viola Da Gamba has been placed in soft ground and on the Fibresand of late while Sir Dylan ran as though something was amiss at Wolverhampton last time.
Strike Force 20-1 (8-11) In touch, headway on outer 2f out, ridden and soon led, challenged inside final furlong, stayed on gamely, won at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Nov beating Resplendent Alpha (9-4) by nk, 13 ran.
Ninfea (IRE) 25-1 (9-7) Mid-division, headway over 7f out, weakened over 2f out, 8th of 11, 32l behind Mutual Regard (9-3) at Wolverhampton 1m 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Nov.
Strewth (IRE) 33-1 (9-1) Slowly into stride, held up in rear, ridden on outside over 2f out, no impression, 11th of 13, 12l behind Ancient Greece (9-9) at Kempton 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Nov.
Eagle Nebula 40-1 (9-8) Held up, never dangerous, 9th of 12, 10l behind Mutual Regard (9-0) at Lingfield 1m 5f app hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Nov.
Shirataki (IRE) 10-1 (9-0) Dwelt, took keen hold, tracked leader, led after 1f, ridden over 1f out, headed entering final furlong, weakened inside last 150 yards, 7th of 9, 8l behind Kelpie Blitz (9-3) at Kempton 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Nov.
Kampai 5-1fav (10-0) Mid-division in touch, headway on inside over 2f out, challenged over 1f out, led just inside final furlong, ran on well, won at Lingfield 1m 4f amat hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Nov beating Novel Dancer (10-1) by 2 1/4l, 15 ran.
Thecornishcowboy 9-2 (9-3) Tracked leaders, waiting for run 2f out, effort on inner over 1f out, ridden to challenge winner inside final furlong, not quicken near finish, 3rd of 13, 1/2l behind Strike Force (8-11) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Nov.
Joe The Coat 12-1 (9-0) Always in rear, ridden and struggling from halfway, last of 12, 43l behind Dovils Date (9-0) at Newmarket 1m 4f 3yo stk 0-70 (5) gs in Jun.
Bennelong 28-1 (9-6) Took keen hold, held up until headway 10f out, chased leaders 9f out, led over 5f out, headed 4f out, weakened quickly over 3f out, last of 12, 45l behind Badea (9-3) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Nov.
Viola da Gamba (IRE) 11-2 (9-4) Dwelt raced wide tracked leaders, chased leader over 4f out, ridden to join leader 3f out, driven and stayed on inside final furlong, 3rd of 13, 3 1/2l behind Goldmadchen (9-7) at Southwell 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) fbs in Nov.
Archina (IRE) 11-1 (9-4) Held up, headway 2f out, effort entering final furlong, kept on one pace, 4th of 13, 1 3/4l behind Daniel Thomas (9-6) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Nov.
Sir Dylan 9-1 (9-3) Always behind, last of 11, 50l behind Chookie Hamilton (9-6) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Nov.
Mariet 50-1 (9-2) Held up towards rear, struggling over 2f out, stayed on inside final furlong, no chance with leaders, 6th of 13, 12l behind Mutual Regard (9-7) at Kempton 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Nov.
Whiepa Snappa (IRE) 12-1 (9-1) Slowly away, held up towards rear, pushed along 3f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on final furlong, 10th of 14, 7l behind Uncle Roger (8-13) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp (6) pol in Oct.