Pharoh Jake bids for a hat-trick after a couple of victories over 5f here earlier this month. However, he had 25 starts before finally getting his head in front and carries a penalty today. TEMPLE ROAD is just preferred as the lightly-raced four-year-old got his act together with a cosy win at Kempton last week, beating Valdaw and Hold The Star, and is taken to follow up. Doctor Hilary showed a bit more last time and Jonnie Skull pops up at this level occasionally but the unexposed Kerfuffle looks a bigger threat on her handicap debut.
Temple Road (IRE) 9-2 (9-0) Mid-division, good headway on inside over 2f out, went 2nd well over 1f out, led over 1f out, soon pushed clear, easily, won at Kempton 6f stks 0-55 (6) pol beating Clapped (9-0) by 2l, 12 ran.
Miakora 14-1 (9-2) Tracked leader, ridden to lead over 1f out, headed and no extra inside final furlong, 5th of 9, 2 1/2l behind Rich Again (9-7) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Valdaw 3-1fav (9-0) Behind, hampered 5f out, good headway over 1f out, ran on inside final furlong, went 3rd close home, 3rd of 12, 2 3/4l behind Temple Road (9-0) at Kempton 6f stks 0-55 (6) pol.
Pharoh Jake 4-1 (9-0) Prominent on rail, challenged over 1f out, led narrowly inside final furlong, ridden and ran on, won at Lingfield 5f app hcp 0-60 (6) pol beating Baby Dottie (9-2) by 1/2l, 9 ran.
Hold The Star 25-1 (8-9) Soon led, edged left and headed over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 12, 5l behind Temple Road (9-0) at Kempton 6f stks 0-55 (6) pol.
Doctor Hilary 50-1 (9-4) Held up, switched right and headway over 2f out, stayed on inside final furlong, no extra close home, 5th of 12, 1 3/4l behind Circuitous (9-4) at Kempton 7f hcp (6) pol in Nov.
Jonnie Skull (IRE) 5-1 (9-0) Led over 5f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, kept on one pace final furlong, 4th of 9, 2 1/2l behind Mack's Sister (9-2) at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Do More Business (IRE) 16-1 (9-0) Held up in touch and keen, kept on one pace from over 1f out, 7th of 13, 9l behind Bussa (9-3) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-50 (7) pol.
Kerfuffle (IRE) 66-1 (8-12) In rear, ridden 3f out, ran on inside final furlong, went near finish, 3rd of 6, 3l behind Place That Face (8-12) at Kempton 5f mdn auc stks (6) pol in Nov.
Little Perisher 8-1 (8-2) Chased winner until outpaced over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on same pace under pressure final furlong, 3rd of 8, 4l behind Monumental Man (8-13) at Lingfield 5f hcp (6) pol.
Microlight 18-1 (8-7) Prominent, switched right over 2f out, soon led, headed inside final furlong, soon weakened, 7th of 14, 9l behind Mucky Molly (8-13) at Brighton 6f hcp 0-60 (6) hvy in Oct.
Adaeze (IRE) 25-1 (9-0) Mid-division, driven and headway inside final 2f, soon ridden, kept on inside final furlong, never reached leaders, 5th of 12, 4l behind Brandywell Boy (9-3) at Kempton 5f hcp 0-50 (7) pol in Nov.