Fortrose Academy just managed to hold off the attentions of Lastkingofscotland when scoring at Kempton last time. The latter has subsequently finished second yet again while Button Moon is another treading water off her current mark. Sweet Ovation and Catalinas Diamond are C&D winners struggling for their best form but Stepturn is lightly-raced and capable of better. CARDINAL won twice during the summer and can race off a lower mark for the first time since. Robert Cowell's sprinter gets the vote to return to winning ways in this.
Cardinal 12-1 (9-3) Chased leaders, effort over 1f out, soon lost place, 11th of 12, 3 1/2l behind Aldermoor (9-7) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Nov.
Lastkingofscotland (IRE) 7-2fav (8-12) Held up in rear, headway on inside over 1f out, soon ridden to challenge, ever chance inside final furlong, no extra close home, 2nd of 10, 1l behind Gabrial's Gift (9-2) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Button Moon (IRE) 20-1 (9-0) Led, quickened over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, no extra, 3rd of 9, 1l behind Hoover (8-10) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Opus Dei 10-1 (9-1) Slowly away in rear, ridden over 2f out, kept on final furlong, nearest finish, 4th of 9, 4 1/2l behind Kung Hei Fat Choy (9-7) at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Fortrose Academy (IRE) 4-1fav (9-0) Chased leaders, led 1f out, kept on and all out towards finish, won at Kempton 6f hcp 0-70 (5) pol beating Lastkingofscotland (9-3) by nk, 12 ran.
Sweet Ovation 20-1 (9-2) Steadied and switched left start, switched right 2f out, always in rear, last of 8, 4 1/2l behind Links Drive Lady (9-10) at Folkestone 6f fll hcp (5) gf in Aug.
Catalinas Diamond (IRE) 7-2fav (9-5) Led early, mid-division, headway over 1f out, kept on same pace inside final furlong, 6th of 11, 2 1/4l behind Dickie Le Davoir (9-4) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Nov.
Stepturn 2-1 (9-3) Mid-division, headway and switched right 2f out, challenged entering final furlong, unable to quicken final 100 yards, 3rd of 8, 1l behind Bull Bay (9-3) at Kempton 6f mdn stks (5) pol.
Commandingpresence (USA) 33-1 (8-8) Chased leaders, effort over 1f out, soon one pace, 7th of 10, 4l behind Gabrial's Gift (9-2) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Dvinsky (USA) 14-1 (9-6) Early reminders, soon tracked leader, ridden over 1f out, kept on same pace, no extra and dropped to 5th inside final furlong, 5th of 11, 4l behind Muhandis (9-7) at Lingfield 7f hcp (0-65) (6) pol.
Lady Mango (IRE) 11-2 (9-5) Tracked leaders, lost place and ridden 2f out, weakened final furlong, 9th of 11, 9l behind Muhandis (9-7) at Lingfield 7f hcp (0-65) (6) pol.
Onceaponatime (IRE) 12-1 (9-4) In rear, hampered 5f out, soon behind, 10th of 11, 16l behind Commanche (9-5) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.