Aquarian Spirit was dropped in class for his all-weather debut and beat Hereford Boy, who runs in the first division of this, over C&D last time. There may be more to come from him on the Polytrack, but HIP HIP HOORAY defeated Grand Theft Equine and Woolston Ferry, who also run in the previous race, when scoring at Kempton three weeks ago and Luke Dace's charge makes more appeal. Northern Spy has been in fine form in lesser company but needs to improve to figure in the finish here, while Mishrif and Push Me are not out of this and could make the frame.
Aquarian Spirit 9-1 (9-7) Tracked leader, ridden 1f out, kept on between rivals to lead close home, won at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-75 (5) pol beating Hereford Boy (9-6) by shd, 6 ran.
Mishrif (USA) 8-1 (9-7) Slowly into stride, behind, some late headway, never nearer, 6th of 9, 2 3/4l behind Scottish Glen (9-2) at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Tiradito (USA) 7-1 (8-11) Keen tracked leaders, ridden to chase leader 2f out, every chance inside final furlong, not quicken, 3rd of 8, 1l behind One Way Or Another (8-12) at Lingfield 7f clm stks (6) pol in Dec.
Junket 8-1 (8-12) Behind, some late headway, never nearer, 6th of 15, 12l behind Sam Nombulist (9-3) at Doncaster 7f app hcp 0-75 (5) sft in Nov.
Push Me (IRE) 17-2 (9-2) Towards rear, headway on wide outside over 2f out, chased leaders entering final 2f, stayed on to 2nd over 1f out, one pace inside final furlong, 2nd of 13, 1 1/2l behind Doncosaque (8-13) at Windsor 1m hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Oct.
Getcarter 8-1 (9-2) Pulled hard in rear, ridden and weakened 2f out, last of 6, 27l behind Vita Lika (8-12) at Newmarket 1m 2f hcp (6) gf in Sep.
Hip Hip Hooray 25-1 (9-0) Slowly into stride, behind, stayed on final furlong, led entering final furlong, stayed on well, won at Kempton 1m hacp 0-70 (5) pol beating Grand Theft Equine (9-3) by 1 3/4l, 13 ran.
The Happy Hammer (IRE) 7-2 (9-6) Dwelt, held up mid-division, ridden over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 5th of 8, 5l behind April Fool (9-2) at Kempton 7f hacp 0-70 (5) pol.
Copperwood 15-2 (8-7) Held up towards rear, outpaced over 2f out, headway over 1f out, never on terms, 6th of 9, 3l behind Lastkingofscotland (8-6) at Lingfield 7f 4yo clm stks 0-70 (6) pol.
Northern Spy (USA) 1-3fav (8-13) Tracked winner until over 3f out, chased winner 1f out, kept on, 2nd of 4, 2 1/4l behind Divine Rule (8-6) at Lingfield 1m sell stks (6) pol.