TRIP SWITCH has been in stellar form since mid-December with four wins and two seconds from six outings. The six-year-old appeared better than ever last time when easily disposing of Princess Lexi and company over C&D and looks in the mood to defy an 8lb rise for that success. Aviso is another in-form sort and seeks a 17-day hat-trick on the level, although his latest visit to the track saw a cosy success in a Ludlow claiming hurdle. He's clearly at the top of his form too and rates the prime danger. Whodunit, disappointing last time but undoubtedly capable of far better, and Hurricane Hymnbook, in good form on Polytrack this winter, are also respected in a competitive contest.
Whodunit (UAE) 9-2 (9-7) Led, strongly challenged well over 1f out, headed entering final furlong, faded, 9th of 12, 10l behind Kiss A Prince (9-4) at Lingfield 1m 2f hacp 0-70 (5) pol.
Choral Festival 16-1 (8-8) Held up in touch, chased leaders over 2f out, never on terms, 6th of 13, 3 1/2l behind Thunderstruck (9-7) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Trip Switch 5-2fav (9-4) Mid-division, smooth headway over 3f out, led over 2f out, soon ridden clear, ran on well, won at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp 0-65 (6) pol beating Princess Lexi (8-12) by 3l, 12 ran.
Hurricane Hymnbook (USA) 3-1fav (9-4) Chased leaders, went 2nd over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, no threat to winner, 2nd of 7, 1l behind Focail Maith (9-7) at Kempton 1m 3f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Conducting 7-2 (9-4) Slowly away, held up in rear,headway 2f out, ridden over 1f out, soon went 3rd, kept on one pace, 3rd of 5, 4l behind Sky High Diver (9-4) at Southwell 1m 3f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) fbs in Dec.
John Louis 8-1 (9-0) Chased leaders, ridden over 2f out, losing place when hampered over 1f out, 8th of 12, 6l behind Prince Of Burma (9-7) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Aviso (GER) 17-2 (8-2) Held up in touch, headway over 2f out, chased leaders over 1f out, ran on to lead well inside final furlong, ridden out, won at Lingfield 1m 2f clm stks (6) pol beating Shabak Hom (9-1) by 1 1/2l, 7 ran.
Striding Edge (IRE) 8-1 (8-8) Held up in rear, headway over 1f out, stayed on well closing stages, never nearer, 4th of 12, 7l behind Trip Switch (9-4) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp 0-65 (6) pol.
Khun John (IRE) 16-1 (8-10) Always towards rear, 8th of 12, 9l behind Kiss A Prince (9-4) at Lingfield 1m 2f hacp 0-70 (5) pol.