Plenty with claims in this contest but it could pay to stick with ARCTIC LYNX. He showed a good turn of foot to score over C&D on his latest start and a 4lb rise for that success could prove to be lenient. John Best's gelding can confirm superiority with Tislaam who is closely matched with Pipers Piping, Prize Point and Chjimes on latest running. The latter was beaten by Waterloo Dock here earlier in the month but Mick Quinn's charge is facing a tougher task in this company and recent C&D winner Waabel makes more appeal.
Arctic Lynx (IRE) 3-1fav (9-7) Held, headway entering final furlong, ridden and ran on to lead final strides, won at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Nov beating Tislaam (9-1) by 3/4l, 10 ran.
Waabel 7-1 (9-4) Soon led, ridden over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, held on, won at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol beating Hinton Admiral (9-6) by 1/2l, 8 ran.
Jungle Bay 66-1 (8-7) Slowly into stride, held up in last pair, last and struggling 2f out, never a factor, 11th of 12, 11l behind Bravo Echo (9-4) at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-95 (3) pol.
Danzoe (IRE) 13-2 (9-1) Soon pushed along towards rear, pushed along and headway halfway, went 2nd over 1f out, outpaced to 3rd inside final furlong, 3rd of 9, 2l behind Desert Strike (8-7) at Kempton 5f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Dec.
Kummel Excess (IRE) 20-1 (9-2) Slowly into stride, behind, ridden to chase leaders over 1f out, kept on same pace, no impression, 5th of 11, 4 1/2l behind Ajara (8-8) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Nov.
Comadoir (IRE) 8-1 (9-0) Tracked leader, ridden 2f out, weakened final furlong, 10th of 12, 7l behind Perfect Act (9-5) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-80 (4) pol in Dec.
Pipers Piping (IRE) 10-1 (9-7) Behind, headway over 1f out, soon chasing leaders, stayed on well, 3rd of 12, 3/4l behind Picansort (9-5) at Lingfield 6f hacp 0-70 (5) pol.
Rapid Water 7-1 (8-12) Slowly into stride, always in rear, last of 10, 19l behind Lucky Dan (9-1) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-80 (4) pol.
Tislaam (IRE) 11-2 (9-5) Held up mid-division, headway over 1f out, soon chasing leaders, stayed on same pace closing stages, 4th of 12, 1 1/4l behind Picansort (9-5) at Lingfield 6f hacp 0-70 (5) pol.
Chjimes (IRE) 6-1 (9-4) Mid-division, headway over 2f out, soon chasing leaders, hung left when not clear run over 1f out, never on terms, 5th of 12, 2l behind Picansort (9-5) at Lingfield 6f hacp 0-70 (5) pol.
Prize Point 16-1 (9-2) Led, hard ridden and headed inside final furlong, rallied closing stages, stayed on well under pressure, 2nd of 12, ns behind Picansort (9-5) at Lingfield 6f hacp 0-70 (5) pol.
Waterloo Dock 11-1 (9-4) Chased leader, led 2f out, ran on well inside final furlong, driven out, won at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-65 (6) pol beating Chjimes (9-7) by 1/2l, 12 ran.