John Lightbody was backed as though defeat was out of the question on his first start for over a year but finished last of five. He'll be out to make amends but UNDERSTORY is a safer option. The C&D winner was beaten only a head here last time and can land this off his current mark. Electrician caused a bit of shock when popping-up in a seller recently but this is much tougher and he has a bit to find with Aviso on earlier running. Standpoint and Destiny Of Dreams remain out of sorts but the returning Ogaritmo is worth noting in the betting.
Destiny Of Dreams 25-1 (9-1) Tracked leaders, driven to lead over 6f out, headed over 1f out, weakened quickly final furlong, 10th of 12, 9l behind Mawaakef (9-5) at Kempton 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Dec.
Parigino (FR) 8-1 (9-2) Mid-division, took keen hold, effort over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 7th of 11, 8l behind Kaafel (9-4) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Dec.
Standpoint 6-1 (9-9) Disputed 2nd, driven over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, edged left under pressure inside final furlong, kept on same pace, well held when lost 2nd near finish, 3rd of 7, 3 1/2l behind Illustrious Forest (9-6) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
John Lightbody Evensfav (8-10) Led until over 1f out, weakened quickly, last of 5, 6l behind Harry Buckle (8-7) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Flying Trader (USA) 10-1 (8-11) Led, headed over 2f out, soon ridden, kept on same pace final furlong, 4th of 10, 3 1/2l behind Sir Boss (9-5) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Dec.
Understory (USA) 6-1 (9-5) Led, ridden over 1f out, ran on well, caught final strides, 2nd of 8, hd behind Ishikawa (9-7) at Lingfield 1m 2f hacp 0-70 (5) pol.
Ogaritmo 8-1 (9-1) In touch in rear, ridden over 4f out, weakened over 2f out, last of 8, 35l behind Venegazzu (8-12) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) pol in Jul.
Electrician 10-1 (8-12) Chased leader, led 3f out, ridden and edged right from over 1f out, hung badly right well inside final furlong, just held on, all out, won at Lingfield 1m 2f sell stks (6) pol beating Paphos (9-0) by shd, 6 ran.
Aviso (GER) 14-1 (7-11) Mid-division, headway over 1f out, soon chasing leaders, faded closing stages, 5th of 9, 2 1/2l behind Conducting (8-6) at Lingfield 1m 2f 4yo clm stks 0-70 (6) pol.