Desert Strike scored here a week ago and a good run from the runner-up, My Own Way Home, in the previous race would boost confidence. However, a punt is taken on POLAR VENTURE back at this track as he won his maiden over C&D before a modest effort over 7f at Kempton last time when Exceedexpectations finished third. Gung Ho Jack's form has tapered off since landing a double at Wolverhampton in November but Dancing Freddy continues to slip down the weights and finished a couple of placed ahead of Welease Bwian when third here last week.
Desert Strike 5-1 (9-7) Made all, hard ridden over 1f out, ran on well, won at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-65 (6) pol beating My Own Way Home (8-11) by 3/4l, 11 ran.
Gung Ho Jack 8-1 (9-1) Held up off the pace in 8th, headway 2f out, never reached leaders and eased towards finish, 7th of 11, 4 1/2l behind Alnoomaas (9-1) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
New Decade 13-2 (8-11) Chased leaders, ridden over 2f out, soon weakened, tailed off, last of 9, 35l behind Verse Of Love (9-6) at Chepstow 7f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) fm in Jul.
Exceedexpectations 14-1 (9-1) Pressed leader, led over 2f out, kept on well until headed and outpaced final 120 yards, lost 2nd towards finish, 3rd of 9, 2 3/4l behind Atlantis Crossing (9-6) at Kempton 7f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Dec.
Polar Venture 10-1 (9-0) Took keen hold, chased leaders on outside, effort travelling well 2f out, faded inside final furlong, 5th of 9, 4 1/2l behind Atlantis Crossing (9-6) at Kempton 7f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Dec.
Dancing Freddy (IRE) 7-1 (9-3) Chased leaders, effort 2f out, kept on under pressure, never able to challenge, 3rd of 6, 2 1/2l behind Roy's Legacy (9-6) at Lingfield 5f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Welease Bwian (IRE) 7-2 (8-11) Slowly into stride, in touch, outpaced 2f out, stayed on approaching final furlong, soon no impression, 5th of 6, 4 1/2l behind Roy's Legacy (9-6) at Lingfield 5f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Speak The Truth (IRE) 9-2 (9-2) Mid-division, effort on wide outside over 2f out, soon no impression, 7th of 11, 4l behind Desert Strike (9-7) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-65 (6) pol.
Haadeeth 12-1 (8-5) Dwelt, in touch in 4th, pushed along over 2f out, one pace, 4th of 6, 3 1/2l behind Drawnfromthepast (9-2) at Lingfield 5f clm stks (6) pol in Dec.
Putin (IRE) 7-2 (9-9) Slight lead at steady pace, ridden and headed over 2f out, lost 2nd well over 1f out, soon weakened, last of 14, 14l behind Teen Ager (9-4) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-50 (7) pol.