Storm Runner scored over track and trip last week with Crissycross over two lengths behind. He should go well again despite carrying 6lb extra but WHISPERING WARRIOR may prove good. The latter won here before following up at Kempton ahead of Warbond, form that also gives him the beating of Hereford Boy. It's unlikely David Simcock's colt has stopped improving and a hat-trick looks on the cards off a 4lb higher mark.
Storm Runner (IRE) 5-2fav (9-1) Tracked leaders, outpaced 2f out, ridden and headway on outside 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, edged left and led towards finish, won at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-75 (5) pol beating Super Duplex (8-8) by 1/2l, 7 ran.
Whispering Warrior (IRE) Evensfav (8-12) Took keen hold tracking leading pair, went 2nd over 4f out, led over 1f out, driven out, won at Kempton 1m hcp 0-75 (5) pol beating Fairyinthewind (9-4) by 1l, 7 ran.
Chrissycross (IRE) 3-1 (9-0) Held up in 5th, effort on outside 2f out, ridden over 1f out, stayed on under pressure inside final furlong, went 3rd towards finish, just held, 3rd of 7, 1/2l behind Al Freej (9-4) at Lingfield 1m fll hcp (0-75) (5) pol.
Hereford Boy 12-1 (9-3) Behind, headway over 1f out, never dangerous, 7th of 14, 6l behind Glastonberry (9-6) at Lingfield 7f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Dec.
Warbond 20-1 (8-7) Chased leading trio intil over 3f out, soon ridden, unable to quicken over 2f out, effort on inside and hung right over 1f out, 4th and one pace inside final furlong, 4th of 7, 2 3/4l behind Whispering Warrior (8-12) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-75 (5) pol.