APPLEJACK LAD went close to catching Drive On in a much better Class 2 race here last Saturday. He had Capers Royal Star back in sixth and John Ryan's charge can go one better in this lesser company. Irish Tears has come up short in similar grade contests of late but the less-exposed Alderley may be capable of further improvement having won a maiden at Wolverhampton on her latest start. Sebs Sensei will need to step up on his recent modest form and Sweet Alibi's only win to date came on soft ground.
Applejack Lad 10-1 (8-6) Tracked leaders, ridden and every chance over 1f out, stayed on, 2nd of 8, 1/2l behind Drive On (8-5) at Lingfield 7f 2yo hcp (2) pol.
Irish Tears 7-4fav (9-5) Took keen hold, led, headed 5f out, led again over 3f out, driven over 1f out, edged right inside final furlong, headed close home, 2nd of 6, nk behind Sheila's Footsteps (9-5) at Lingfield 1m 2yo mdn stks (5) pol.
Alderley 6-1 (9-0) Towards rear, ridden over 2f out, headway approaching final furlong, ran on to lead close home, won at Wolverhampton 6f 2yo mdn auc stks (5) pol in Oct beating Buy And Sell (9-5) by 3/4l, 8 ran.
Capers Royal Star (FR) 14-1 (8-1) Hampered start, in touch in rear, ridden and headway approaching final furlong, no impression final furlong, 6th of 8, 2 1/4l behind Drive On (8-5) at Lingfield 7f 2yo hcp (2) pol.
Sebs Sensei (IRE) 4-1 (8-13) Dwelt in touch in rear, switched right over 1f out, headway and edged left entering final furlong, ridden and no impression towards finish, 4th of 8, 1l behind Touch The Clouds (9-4) at Lingfield 6f 2yo clm stks (6) pol.
Sweet Alibi (IRE) 16-1 (8-8) Chased leaders, ridden in 7th 2f out, weakened, 16th of 17, 25l behind Vallado (8-10) at Curragh 6f 2yo aut gd in Aug.
Mersad (IRE) 3-1fav (8-12) Tracked leaders, ridden and effort over 1f out, kept on same pace, no impression final 110 yards, 5th of 8, 6l behind Hedge End (9-6) at Kempton 1m 2yo hco 0-75 (5) pol.
Basil Berry 25-1 (8-5) Held up towards rear, ridden over 1f out, no impression, 7th of 8, 5l behind Harwoods Volante (9-1) at Kempton 6f 2yo hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Amontillado (IRE) 33-1 (9-0) Led until over 4f out, chased leader until 4f out, stayed in 3rd, pushed along halfway, ridden and lost place over 2f out, plugged on again inside final furlong, 4th of 9, 7l behind Alzanti (9-0) at Kempton 7f 2yo mdn fll (5) pol in Nov.
Illegal Action (USA) 16-1 (9-5) Held up towards rear, kept on same pace final furlong, 7th of 11, 7l behind Glorious Empire (9-5) at Kempton 6f 2yo mdn stks (5) pol in Nov.
M'lady Ermyn 12-1 (9-1) Held up mid-division, weakened over 2f out, 11th of 12, 13l behind Dutchartcollector (9-7) at Kempton 1m 2yo hcp 0-60 (6) pol.