Your Gifted ended a frustrating run of seconds with a victory over C&D last week. Today's penalty has probably spoiled his chances of following up and a chance is taken on WANCHAI WHISPER. Her latest fourth here was nothing to shout home about but, dropped in class for this and with a first-time visor fitted, Peter Hedger's filly may just be good enough. Black Baccara has been placed in a couple of starts at the lowest level and needs more here but Step It Up may do just that with a recent comeback run under his belt.
Your Gifted (IRE) 7-2 (9-0) Held up in touch, headway to 3rd over 2f out, went 2nd on inside well over 1f out, led over 1f out, ridden inside final furlong, in command when edged right well inside final furlong, won at Lingfield 5f hcp 0-60 (6) pol beating Jimmy Ryan (9-4) by 3/4l, 9 ran.
Step It Up (IRE) 25-1 (8-5) Took keen hold, led early, pressed leader, led 3f out, ridden over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, no extra, 6th of 8, 4l behind Garstang (9-4) at Lingfield 5f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Wanchai Whisper 11-2 (8-5) Held up in rear, headway over 1f out, chased winner inside final furlong, no extra towards finish, 4th of 6, 4 1/2l behind Northern Dare (9-0) at Lingfield 5f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Mosa Mine 9-2 (9-6) Chased leaders, ridden 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 7, 9l behind Mandy's Hero (8-10) at Lingfield 5f mdn auc stks (6) pol.
Triskaidekaphobia 25-1 (9-5) Pressed leader until over 3f out, weakened entering final furlong, 7th of 12, 7l behind Towy Boy (9-6) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Nov.
Avonvalley 25-1 (9-4) Slowly into stride, switched right after start, held up in rear, behind, driven over 1f out, made some moderate late headway, 7th of 10, 5l behind Young Simon (9-2) at Kempton 6f hcp (0-55) (6) pol.
What Katie Did (IRE) 25-1 (8-9) Prominent, ridden over 2f out, weakened soon after, last of 10, 19l behind Welcome Approach (9-1) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp (0-55) (6) pol.
Steel City Boy (IRE) 50-1 (8-11) Always behind, 11th of 12, 10l behind Waterloo Dock (9-4) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-65 (6) pol.
Black Baccara 9-2 (9-2) Held up towards rear, headway on outside over 1f out, stayed on under strong pressure inside final furlong, went 2nd and edged left close home, not able reach winner, 2nd of 12, nk behind Metropolitan Chief (9-2) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-50 (7) pol.
Ten Down 12-1 (8-10) Led until headed over 1f out, chased winner until inside final furlong, weakened towards finish, 5th of 9, 2 3/4l behind Your Gifted (9-0) at Lingfield 5f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.