SAHARIA wasn't unduly pressed to complete a double at Wolverhampton last month. A hat-trick looks on the cards for Daniel Loughnane's charge despite having a bit to find with Officer In Command on today's terms. The latter drops back in trip after a couple of placed efforts in plating company and has plenty in hand with Skidby Mill, a handicap winner over track and trip on his penultimate start. Both Copperwood and Menelik also face a tough task at the weights and are harder to fancy.
Copperwood 16-1 (9-6) Keen towards rear, progress on outer to go close up over 4f out, ridden to chase clear leaders over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 6th of 7, 8l behind Conducting (9-1) at Lingfield 1m 2f sell stks (6) pol.
Officer In Command (USA) 9-2 (9-6) Set steady pace, quickened pace 2f out, soon clear with winner over 1f out, ridden and headed inside final furlong, kept on, 2nd of 7, 1l behind Conducting (9-1) at Lingfield 1m 2f sell stks (6) pol.
Saharia (IRE) 4-6fav (9-5) Slowly into stride, held up in 3rd, pushed along 4f out, shaken up and went 2nd over 1f out, led and edged left inside final furlong, ran on well, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f sell stks (6) pol in Jan beating Boom To Bust (9-0) by 1 1/2l, 3 ran.
Skidby Mill (IRE) 10-1 (9-5) Took keen hold, tracked leading pair, went 2nd over 2f out, ridden to lead on inside entering final furlong, driven and stayed on until headed and no extra final 50 yards, 2nd of 11, nk behind Pearl Ransom (9-3) at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-68 (6) pol.
Menelik (IRE) 9-1 (9-3) Led, ridden and headed well over 1f out, soon edged right, no extra final 100 yards, 4th of 9, 4 1/2l behind Smalljohn (9-2) at Wolverhampton 7f hacp 0-70 (5) pol in Jan.