The penny has finally dropped with MISS BLAKENEY and she followed up a maiden win at Wolverhampton with victory over C&D last time. A comfortable four-length winner on that occasion, she can defy a penalty and land the hat-trick. Nave is dropped in class and has every chance as does Jacobs Son who was denied by only a short-head here last week. However, this could prove too competitive for Handheld, fourth in a claimer at this track last time and the remaining duo are even harder to fancy.
Miss Blakeney 4-5fav (9-5) Tracked leader, led over 1f out, ran on well, won at Lingfield 1m 4f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Dec beating Resplendent Alpha (8-12) by 4 1/2l, 7 ran.
Nave (USA) 10-1 (8-12) With leader, led over 8f out, headed inside final furlong, no extra, 3rd of 8, 1 1/2l behind Wildomar (9-0) at Lingfield 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Dec.
Handheld 6-1 (8-1) Tracked leader, effort on inside over 2f out, soon short of room, every chance when hung right over 1f out, stayed on, 4th of 9, 1 3/4l behind Conducting (8-6) at Lingfield 1m 2f 4yo clm stks 0-70 (6) pol.
Jacobs Son 7-4fav (9-5) Tracked leader 3f, close 3rd, went 2nd again over 1f out, led inside final furlong, soon ridden and kept on, headed post, 2nd of 8, shd behind Stentorian (9-7) at Lingfield 1m 5f hcp 0-65 (6) pol.
Linkable 16-1 (9-2) Always in rear, 10th of 12, 8l behind Sunshine Always (9-4) at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Dec.
Formidable Guest 25-1 (8-9) Held up in 5th, stayed on to modest 4th over 1f out, 4th of 6, 6l behind Electrician (8-12) at Lingfield 1m 2f sell stks (6) pol.