Schottische was tackling a trip much too short when staying on over 6f at Lingfield and this is more like it. FLYING TEMPO showed his first glimmer of form at Nottingham in October and looks to be progressing along the right lines. He may have been a little unfortunate behind Keep Calm over the C&D last time and looks the one to be with. The front-running Una Bella Cosa may do better ridden with a little more restraint but Darkest Night's best runs have been over 7f and Precision Strike is badly out of form at present.
Darkest Night (IRE) 14-1 (9-2) Tracked leader, ridden over 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 12, 5l behind Blazeofenchantment (9-4) at Lingfield 7f 2yo hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Dec.
Beau Sakhee 20-1 (8-12) Tracked leaders, ridden over 1f out, kept on same pace, 3rd of 8, 7l behind Walter White (8-12) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 3yo sell stks (6) pol.
Shearian 20-1 (9-3) In rear, never a factor, 9th of 12, 6l behind Red Dragon (9-4) at Wolverhampton 7f 2yo hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Dec.
Schottische 100-1 (8-4) Towards rear, reminder 4f out, soon outpaced on outside, ridden and headway over 1f out, kept on under pressure inside final furlong, went 3rd near finish, no impression, 3rd of 7, 1 3/4l behind Sofi's Spirit (8-8) at Lingfield 6f 2yo clm stks (6) pol in Dec.
Flying Tempo 17-2 (8-9) Chased leaders, outpaced over 2f out, rallied on inside over 1f out, stayed on, nearest finish, 4th of 13, 4l behind Keep Calm (9-2) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 2yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Nov.
Precision Strike 25-1 (8-8) Held up in rear, headway over 1f out, soon no impression, 9th of 11, 14l behind Pairumani Prince (9-5) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 2yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Dec.
Una Bella Cosa 12-1 (8-13) Led, headed 1f out, no extra towards finish, 4th of 11, 3l behind Pairumani Prince (9-5) at Kempton 1m 2yo hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Dec.
Last Chance Ranch 50-1 (8-6) Pulled hard in mid-division, hung left over 1f out, never dangerous, 7th of 11, 12l behind Pairumani Prince (9-5) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 2yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Dec.
Chelsea Grey (IRE) 16-1 (8-10) In rear, headway over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 8th of 11, 4 1/2l behind Pairumani Prince (9-5) at Kempton 1m 2yo hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Dec.