Emerald Wilderness has been raised 7lb for finishing second to True To Form in a Listed race over C&D three weeks ago. He had MAWAAKEF a couple of lengths behind on that occasion but the latter re-opposes on better terms and can come out best today. John Jenkins' charge had earlier beaten Viewpoint at Kempton and collateral form also gives him the beating of Robin Hoods Bay. Loyalty bounced back over a mile here last week and remains well treated compared to last year's best efforts but Kaafel has more on his plate having won a lesser contest here on his latest start.
Emerald Wilderness (IRE) 16-1 (9-3) Held up towards rear, driven over 2f out, ridden and headway on outside 1f out, stayed on well inside final furlong, took 2nd post, just failed, 2nd of 11, nk behind True To Form (9-3) at Lingfield 1m 2f Listed stks (1) pol in Dec.
Robin Hoods Bay 9-2 (9-6) Set steady pace, quickened over 3 out, headed inside final furlong, no extra, 4th of 8, 1 3/4l behind Viewpoint (8-8) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Dec.
Mawaakef (IRE) 25-1 (9-3) Tracked leaders, ridden over 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, never on terms, 5th of 11, 2 1/4l behind True To Form (9-3) at Lingfield 1m 2f Listed stks (1) pol in Dec.
First Avenue 18-1 (9-9) Towards rear, headway over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, went 3rd inside final furlong, one pace, 3rd of 11, 8l behind Red Orator (8-4) at Ascot 2m hcp 0-95 (3) sft in Oct.
Hanoverian Baron 14-1 (9-0) Held up behind, driven and headway over 2f out, soon hung right and ridden, stayed on well on outside final furlong, not reached leaders, 4th of 8, 2 3/4l behind Into Wain (9-0) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Nov.
Kaafel (IRE) 8-1 (9-4) In touch, smooth headway over 2f out, driven to challenge over 1f out, stayed on under pressure, held on gamely, won at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Dec beating Cayuga (9-3) by shd, 11 ran.
Loyalty 12-1 (9-2) Made virtually all, hard pressed from over 1f out, held on gamely, won at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-85 (4) pol beating Lowther (9-2) by 1 1/2l, 7 ran.