This is a bit more competitive than most races of its kind though complicated by Hittin'the Skids presence. She was engaged to run at yesterday's meeting here and would carry a double penalty if winning on Thursday. Basle is generally consistent and gained her due reward at Lingfield. She should get involved along with Lindoro, who runs the track well though both all-weather victories have come on Fibresand. Hinton Admiral has won 16 races from 74 starts and is now on his lowest ever mark so has to be respected but NORTH CENTRAL is just 2lb higher than when scoring at Lingfield in November and Ruth Carr's C&D winner gets the nod dropped in class.
Hinton Admiral 33-1 (9-0) Mid-division on outside, driven over 2f out, ridden and kept on same pace final furlong, never on terms, 8th of 12, 6l behind Belinsky (8-13) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Dec.
North Central (USA) 16-1 (8-10) Went left start, tracked leader, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 8th of 10, 13l behind Lastkingofscotland (9-5) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Dec.
Katmai River (IRE) 14-1 (9-2) Always behind, outpaced halfway, last of 12, 13l behind Patavium Prince (8-13) at Lingfield 7f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Dec.
Marshall Art 5-1 (9-3) Chased leaders, ridden to challenge over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 4th of 8, 8l behind Garrisson (9-3) at Lingfield 1m mdn stks (5) pol in Dec.
Lindoro 12-1 (9-4) Held up mid-division, headway over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 6th of 11, 2 1/2l behind Brown Pete (9-3) at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Dec.
Basle 8-1 (9-2) Towards rear, headway and switched left approaching final furlong, led inside final furlong, driven out, won at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Dec beating Putin (8-4) by nk, 9 ran.
Georgebernardshaw (IRE) 33-1 (9-7) Slowly away soon led, pushed along over 4f out, headed over 2f out, soon weakened, last of 11, 16l behind Safwaan (9-0) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f Selling Handicap (0-60) (3yo+) (6) pol in Dec.
Hittin'the Skids (IRE) 5-2fav (9-4) Tracked leaders, ridden and edged right over 1f out, led well inside final furlong, ran on, won at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-50 (7) pol in Dec beating Lord Paget (8-12) by 1/2l, 11 ran.