ARYAL is unlucky not to have won a race as he's gone close in all three starts so far and only missed out by a head over 1m2f here last time. Breeding suggests this longer trip will suit and Mark Johnston's charge can open his account, probably at the main expense of Huffoof. The latter made a promising debut when runner-up over a mile here, though the winner has let the form down since. Royal Barge finished ahead of Mighty Thor when sixth on her latest start while Brigh and Tebee's Oasis are worth noting on their return to action.
Aryal 6-4 (9-5) Soon chased leader, led over 8f out, ridden and strongly pressed inside final furlong, hung right under pressure well inside final furlong, headed final strides, 2nd of 6, hd behind Edwyn Ralph (9-5) at Lingfield 1m 2f 3yo mdn auc stks (6) pol.
Booktheband (IRE) 33-1 (8-12) Dwelt, soon recovered to lead, ridden and headed approaching 2f out, weakened final furlong, 5th of 8, 11l behind Aussie Lyrics (9-0) at Lingfield 1m 2yo mdn auc stks (6) pol in Nov.
Mighty Thor 33-1 (9-5) Reared badly and went right leaving stalls, ran very green in rear, never involved, 7th of 9, 13l behind Ray Ward (9-5) at Lingfield 1m 2f 3yo mdn stks (5) pol in Jan.
Brigh (IRE) 4-1 (9-0) Tracked leader, led over 2f out, ridden and headed well over 1f out, no impression in 3rd final furlong, 3rd of 9, 9l behind Power of Light (9-0) at Newcastle 1m 2yo stks (5) gd in Sep.
Huffoof (IRE) 9-2 (9-0) Raced wide close up, pushed along over 3f out, switched left over 1f out, stayed on to chase winner inside final furlong, 2nd of 9, 1 1/4l behind Al Enbess (9-5) at Lingfield 1m 3yo mdn stks (5) pol.
Royal Barge (IRE) 20-1 (9-0) Held up in 6th, no progress final 2f, 6th of 9, 9l behind Ray Ward (9-5) at Lingfield 1m 2f 3yo mdn stks (5) pol in Jan.
Tebee's Oasis 8-1 (9-0) In touch, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 7th of 8, 7l behind Keep The Secret (9-0) at Lingfield 1m 2yo mdn fll (5) pol in Dec.