Plenty of guesswork needed despite the small field. Amenable and Beat The Bell are the highest rated on official figures but DARK LANE managed to finish ahead of both when third in a claimer over C&D earlier this month despite racing on unfavourable terms. David Evans' charge gets a tentative vote to repeat the trick in which case he should be good enough to win as Ishiamiracle and Le King Beau arrive badly out of sorts.
Amenable (IRE) 12-1 (8-13) Close up, ridden over 1f out, kept on, 3rd of 6, 1 1/2l behind Drawnfromthepast (9-2) at Lingfield 5f clm stks (6) pol.
Beat The Bell 5-2fav (9-6) Tracked leader, ridden and every chance 2f out, edged right and no extra near finish, 4th of 10, 2 1/4l behind Fathsta (9-6) at Lingfield 6f sell stks (6) pol.
Dark Lane 5-1 (8-5) Mid-division, some late headway never nearer, 6th of 10, 3l behind Gabrial's Gift (9-2) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Ishiamiracle 14-1 (9-2) Mid-division, outpaced on outside over 2f out, soon lost place, weakened over 1f out, last of 11, 13l behind Muhandis (9-7) at Lingfield 7f hcp (0-65) (6) pol.
Le King Beau (USA) 14-1 (9-4) Always behind, last of 12, 19l behind Mr Knightley (9-6) at Kempton 7f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol.