Sermons Mount had Loyal Royal behind when third over C&D last time and he looks to have solid claims, while Sulis Minerva steps up in class after scoring here three weeks ago. The Strig is not easily dismissed after beating Efistorm and Nubar Boy over track and trip a week ago and Desert Strike arrives in fine form having scored over 5f at this track on Wednesday. However, in a typically open sprint, a chance is taken that Jim Boyle has HOOVER ready for action on his first start since July, as he looks on a tempting mark now especially with Nathan Alison's claim taken into consideration.
Desert Strike 3-1 (9-0) Dwelt, pulled hard in rear, headway over 1f out, ran on to lead towards finish, won at Lingfield 5f hcp 0-75 (5) pol beating Rylee Mooch (8-10) by nk, 7 ran.
Reposer (IRE) 16-1 (8-13) Towards rear, never a factor, 8th of 11, 7l behind Woolfall Sovereign (8-12) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Dec.
Sermons Mount (USA) 14-1 (9-6) Chased leaders, effort over 2f out, stayed on well final furlong, 3rd of 12, 3/4l behind Hatta Stream (9-3) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Dec.
Italian Tom (IRE) 8-1 (9-6) Chased leaders centre, lost place over 1f out, no impression final furlong, 9th of 14, 6l behind Six Wives (9-4) at Southwell 5f hcp 0-75 (5) fbs in Dec.
Dancing Freddy (IRE) 4-1 (9-4) Tracked leaders on outside, led narrowly well over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on under pressure inside final furlong, headed post, 2nd of 11, nk behind Bandstand (9-2) at Southwell 6f hcp 0-75 (5) fbs.
Sulis Minerva (IRE) 9-2fav (9-0) Tracked leaders, led over 1f out, soon clear, easily, won at Lingfield 6f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Dec beating Amosite (9-3) by 1 1/4l, 11 ran.
Hoover 6-1 (9-2) With leaders, ridden and every chance from 2f out, not quicken near finish, 3rd of 11, 1/2l behind Highland Harvest (9-4) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Jul.
Steelcut 16-1 (9-11) Mid-division, some late headway, never dangerous, 7th of 12, 3 1/2l behind Speak The Truth (8-13) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-65 (6) pol.
The Strig 10-1 (9-3) Tracked leader, led over 1f out, soon ridden, stayed on well, won at Lingfield 6f hacp 0-70 (5) pol beating Diamond Vine (8-10) by 1/2l, 11 ran.
Nubar Boy 20-1 (9-3) Mid-division, never dangerous, 7th of 11, 2 1/2l behind The Strig (9-3) at Lingfield 6f hacp 0-70 (5) pol.
Loyal Royal (IRE) 16-1 (9-7) Behind, headway over 1f out, ran on inside final furlong, nearest finish, 2nd of 12, 1 1/2l behind Captain Dimitrios (8-12) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-65 (6) pol.
Efistorm 15-2 (9-1) Chased leaders, driven to challenge over 2f out, faded final furlong, 6th of 11, 1 1/2l behind The Strig (9-3) at Lingfield 6f hacp 0-70 (5) pol.