POLAR VENTURE returned to winning ways over track and trip last time. He doesn't have much to spare with third-placed Gung Ho Jack but further progress is expected and Willie Haggas' charge gets the nod. Khawatim ended a long losing run when backed off the boards at Wolverhampton last time and remains on a decent mark, despite a 4lb rise, while Alnoomas bounced back from a couple of modest efforts when scoring at Kempton and can't be ignored. He's preferred to Catalina Diamond of the remainder.
Khawatim 5-4fav (9-3) Held up behind, driven and headway over 1f out, squeezed through between horses inside final furlong, ridden and ran on to lead final stride, won at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol beating Strong Man (8-12) by nk, 11 ran.
Gabbiano 9-2 (9-7) Held up off the pace in 7th, plugged on inside final furlong, never a threat, 6th of 11, 3l behind Alnoomaas (9-1) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Courageous (IRE) 4-1 (8-13) Towards rear, ridden entering final furlong, kept on same pace, 7th of 13, 4 1/2l behind Red Cape (8-9) at Wolverhampton 6f clm stks (6) pol in Oct.
Alnoomaas (IRE) 8-1 (9-1) Chased leader, led well over 1f out, stayed on well, ridden out, won at Kempton 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol beating Lastkingofscotland (9-7) by 1/2l, 11 ran.
Proper Charlie 4-1 (8-12) Chased clear leader, effort 2f out, faded final furlong, last of 7, 4 1/2l behind Kakatosi (9-5) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Dec.
Gung Ho Jack 11-4fav (9-6) Tracked leaders, headway to lead entering final furlong, soon ridden, kept on until headed and no extra towards finish, 3rd of 10, 3/4l behind Polar Venture (9-3) at Lingfield 6f hacp 0-70 (5) pol.
Black Cadillac (IRE) 7-2 (9-4) Held up behind, ridden over 2f out, never dangerous, last of 7, 25l behind Lastkingofscotland (9-7) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Polar Venture 7-2 (9-3) Held up behind, driven and headway over 1f out, ridden and ran on inside final furlong to lead narrowly towards finish (hand timed), won at Lingfield 6f hacp 0-70 (5) pol beating Welease Bwian (9-2) by nk, 10 ran.
Catalinas Diamond (IRE) 7-2fav (9-7) Steadied start, mid-division, headway over 1f out, soon chasing leaders, no extra close home, 4th of 11, 1 1/2l behind Putin (8-7) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-65 (6) pol.