Avertis took advantage off his slide down the weights to score over C&D last time and remains on a decent mark compared to his best form but Crowning Star has floundered off his current rating since landing a double early last year. Brown Pete's winning run came to end at Wolverhampton last week though he still has the beating of Shared Moment but STORM RUNNER remains in fine fettle. He followed-up an earlier C&D win with the minimum of fuss back at this track on his latest start and a hat-trick looks on the cards.
Avertis 8-1 (9-2) Slowly into stride, pushed along early to track leaders, effort on inside over 1f out, led inside final furlong, ridden out, won at Lingfield 1m hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Dec beating Derfenna Art (9-3) by 3/4l, 12 ran.
Crowning Star (IRE) 11-1 (9-7) Led early, chased leader, led again 2f out, headed 1f out, kept on same pace inside final furlong, 5th of 12, 2l behind Breakheart (8-3) at Kempton 1m hacp 0-70 (5) pol.
Stormbound (IRE) 5-1 (9-3) Tracked leader, effort over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on same pace, no impression when lost 3rd inside final furlong, 4th of 9, 6l behind Aegaeus (9-3) at Lingfield 1m 2f mdn stks (5) pol in Nov.
Brown Pete (IRE) 7-2 (9-9) With leader, driven 3f out, lost place inside final 2f, weakened final furlong, 7th of 9, 9l behind Berlusca (9-8) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-65 (6) pol.
Everybody Knows 20-1 (8-12) Led, ridden and headed over 1f out, no extra final furlong, 5th of 9, 8l behind Lowther (9-5) at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Dec.
Storm Runner (IRE) 4-5fav (8-5) Behind, headway over 1f out, ran on to lead well inside final furlong, ridden out, won at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Dec beating Chrissycross (8-10) by 2 1/4l, 7 ran.
Shared Moment (IRE) 12-1 (9-7) Very slowly away, in rear, ridden over 1f out, never dangerous, 9th of 11, 3 1/2l behind Brown Pete (9-3) at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Dec.