The progressive FOREST EDGE is one of the more obvious candidates as he bids for a four-timer. He scored with a bit in hand when beating Addictive Dream, Ubetterbegood, Alben Star and Ajjaadd over 5f here a fortnight ago and gets a tentative vote ahead of Lancelot Du Lac. The latter is another leading contender on his recent win in this grade at Kempton. All-weather debutant Hoof It and Hawkeyethenoo have both won the Stewards' Cup and remain smart sprinters on their day, but recent Wolverhampton winner Shafaani looks up against it in this much better company.
Hoof It 10-1 (9-3) Tracked leader stand side, ridden over 2f out, kept on one pace final furlong, 4th of 18, 3l behind Jack Dexter (9-9) at Doncaster 6f Listed stks (1) sft in Nov.
Ballista (IRE) 4-1fav (9-2) Led, soon pressed, headed over 2f out, weakened final furlong, last of 11, 13l behind Valbchek (9-2) at Lingfield 6f Listed stks (1) pol in Nov.
Forest Edge (IRE) 3-1fav (9-6) won at Lingfield 5f hcp (2) pol beating Addictive Dream (9-5) by 1l, 10 ran.
Lancelot Du Lac (ITY) 5-4fav (9-5) Held up towards rear, headway over 1f out, led 1f out, kept on well, won at Kempton 6f hcp 0-100 (2) pol in Nov beating Picture Dealer (8-11) by 3/4l, 9 ran.
Hawkeyethenoo (IRE) 4-1fav (9-2) In rear, ridden and headway entering final furlong, not reach leaders, 4th of 11, 2 1/4l behind Valbchek (9-2) at Lingfield 6f Listed stks (1) pol in Nov.
Addictive Dream (IRE) 4-1 (9-5) 2nd of 10, 1l behind Forest Edge (9-6) at Lingfield 5f hcp (2) pol.
Tarooq (USA) 4-1 (9-10) Soon prominent, ridden over 2f out, stayed on same pace inside final furlong, no impression on leaders, 5th of 10, 1 3/4l behind Loyalty (8-5) at Kempton 7f hcp (2) pol in Nov.
Ajjaadd (USA) 6-1 (9-0) 7th of 10, 3 1/2l behind Forest Edge (9-6) at Lingfield 5f hcp (2) pol.
Ubetterbegood (ARG) 12-1 (8-13) 4th of 10, 2l behind Forest Edge (9-6) at Lingfield 5f hcp (2) pol.
Alben Star (IRE) 12-1 (8-8) 5th of 10, 2 1/4l behind Forest Edge (9-6) at Lingfield 5f hcp (2) pol.
Shafaani 12-1 (9-6) Made all, ridden over 1f out, kept on well, won at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Oct beating Waking Warrior (9-2) by 2 3/4l, 12 ran.
Equitania 8-1 (9-2) With leader, ridden inside final 2f, kept on and every chance final furlong, just failed, 2nd of 14, hd behind Bedloe's Island (8-13) at Southwell 5f hcp 0-95 (3) fbs.