Christmas Coming boasts the highest official rating but may need the outing on his first run since last May. New Den advertised his lack of pace once again when a well beaten second to Zafranagar last week. He finished a length in front of Wild Geese on that occasion and the latter's habit of running in snatches is off-putting. With doubts surrounding the principals, a chance is taken on PERLE D'AMOUR. She should improve for the longer trip after travelling well for a long way over 1m2f here on her recent reappearance so Martin Bosley's filly gets the nod.
Christmas Coming 20-1 (9-0) Always in rear, ridden over 3f out, no impression from over 2f out, 7th of 8, 21l behind Finest Reserve (9-0) at Newmarket 1m 3yo stk 0-75 (5) gf in May.
New Den 3-1 (9-3) Led until ridden and headed approaching 2f out, soon one pace and no chance with winner, 2nd of 8, 6l behind Zafranagar (9-0) at Lingfield 1m 4f mdn stks (5) pol.
Sir William Orpen 66-1 (9-0) Steadied in rear, headway 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 6th of 9, 4 1/2l behind Edgeworth (9-6) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp 0-65 (6) pol.
Wild Geese (IRE) 2-1fav (9-3) Chased leading trio, ridden 4f out, went 3rd over 2f out, one pace, 3rd of 8, 7l behind Zafranagar (9-0) at Lingfield 1m 4f mdn stks (5) pol.
Money Money Money 12-1 (9-6) In touch, pushed along to chase leaders over 3f out, weakened final furlong, 5th of 14, 6l behind Delorain (8-8) at Kempton 2m hcp (0-55) (6) pol.
Perle D'amour (IRE) 33-1 (8-12) Tracked winner over 8f out until over 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 4th of 5, 12l behind Super Collider (9-3) at Lingfield 1m 2f mdn stks (5) pol.