Tinshu bids to repeat last year's success and has every chance of doing so as he beat Emerald Wilderness over C&D on his latest start. True To Form is a similar type who usually runs his race at this track while Mawaakef's recent victory at Kempton is working out well and he has the beating of Layline on collateral form. Chapter Seven's three wins have been over shorter distances in slow ground and he has something to prove but veteran Japanese import Shadow Gate, a Group 1 winner in his heyday, popped up at 25/1 on his debut for current connections in a conditions race at Dundalk. The latter is not easily dismissed but the vote goes to another import in BE PERFECT. The winner of three of his five starts in France, he ran his best race to date for Marco Botti when runner-up at Kempton last month and this shorter trip will suit.
Decent Fella (IRE) 4-1 (9-4) Mid-division, raced wide on bend over 2f out, headway over 1f out, never nearer, 4th of 9, 5l behind Brocklebank (9-0) at Lingfield 7f clm stks (6) pol.
Emerald Wilderness (IRE) 11-1 (9-10) Dwelt keen in rear, switched left and headway 2f out, ridden to lead inside final furlong, headed towards finish, 2nd of 9, nk behind Alazan (8-13) at Lingfield 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Layline (IRE) 16-1 (9-3) Held up mid-division, headway over 3f out, soon chasing leaders, kept on same pace final furlong, 6th of 8, 3 1/2l behind Viewpoint (8-8) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp 0-95 (3) pol.
Mawaakef (IRE) 8-1 (9-5) Chased leaders, driven to challenge over 2f out, ran on to lead inside final furlong, ridden out, won at Kempton 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) pol beating Viewpoint (9-3) by 3/4l, 12 ran.
Shadow Gate (JPN) 25-1 (9-5) Chased leaders, went 3rd 2f out, soon ridden in 2nd and closed on leader, led inside final furlong, stayed on well, comfortably, won at Dundalk 1m 3f 3yo stks pol in Oct beating Ernest Hemingway (8-8) by 2 1/2l, 11 ran.
True To Form (IRE) 6-1 (9-6) Tracked leaders, ridden over 1f out, every chance inside final furlong, kept on and held towards finish, 2nd of 10, 3/4l behind George Guru (8-12) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-100 (2) pol.
Be Perfect (USA) 10-1 (9-4) Soon pressed leader, led 4f out, ridden over 2f out, headed narrowly inside final 2f, kept on under pressure inside final furlong, no impression with winner final 100 yards, just held on for 2nd, 2nd of 8, 2 1/2l behind Into Wain (9-0) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Nov.
Chapter Seven 3-1 (9-3) Soon tracking leaders, ridden over 2f out, challenged over 1f out, led entering final furlong, brushed by pressing rival towards finish, held on, won at York 1m 1f 3yo hcp 0-100 (2) sft in Oct beating Lahaag (9-1) by hd, 7 ran.
Sheila's Buddy 12-1 (9-6) Close up, ridden over 1f out, led inside final furlong, driven out, won at Lingfield 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Nov beating Fairyinthewind (8-12) by hd, 12 ran.
Tinshu (IRE) 5-1 (9-4) Close up, effort on inside over 1f out, soon led, challenged inside final furlong, ridden and stayed on, won at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp 0-100 (2) pol in Nov beating Robin Hoods Bay (9-3) by nk, 8 ran.
Solfilia 25-1 (8-9) Tracked leaders, soon tracked leader and keen, led over 6f out, headed over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 9, 8l behind Media Hype (9-6) at Kempton 1m 4f Listed stks (1) pol in Nov.