The dual Polytrack winner Plunder comes out best at the weights but has yet to race on this surface. ARABIAN FLIGHT looks a safer bet as she beat Elusive Warrior easily enough in a similar event here last time and had earlier got the better of Beachwood Bay over course and distance. The latter re-opposes on better terms but Mike Appleby's mare is worth sticking with in her current form. Nubar Boy has won four times at Lingfield and may well figure if taking to this slower surface and Alpha Tauri pops-up at this level on occasions.
Alpha Tauri (USA) 10-1 (9-6) Chased leading pair, ridden and lost 3rd 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 6th of 7, 12l behind Colourbearer (9-4) at Wolverhampton 6f hacp 0-70 (5) pol in Jan.
Arabian Flight 8-15fav (8-10) Led, hard driven when challenged from over 1f out, held on gamely, won at Southwell 7f sell stks (6) fbs in Jan beating Spitfire (9-1) by nk, 3 ran.
Beachwood Bay 7-2 (9-7) Prominent, led before halfway, headed inside final furlong, no extra, 4th of 10, 4l behind Layla's Hero (9-6) at Southwell 6f hcp 0-60 (6) fbs in Jan.
Elusive Warrior (USA) 20-1 (8-10) Chased leader, ridden halfway, weakened well over 1f out, last of 3, 6l behind Arabian Flight (8-10) at Southwell 7f sell stks (6) fbs in Jan.
Encore Un Fois 13-8 (8-6) Chased leaders, under pressure over 2f out, soon beaten, 4th of 6, 10l behind Nibani (9-8) at Lingfield 1m 2f clm stks (6) pol in Dec '11.
Mitchum 40-1 (9-1) Chased winner until 2f out, chased leaders and soon ridden, weakened inside final furlong,, 9th of 13, 13l behind Royal Holiday (9-6) at Newcastle 7f hcp 0-65 (6) sft in Oct.
Nubar Boy 12-1 (8-6) Led, hard driven over 2f out, headed over 1f out, kept on same pace, 3rd of 5, 2 1/4l behind Gaelic Silver (9-5) at Lingfield 1m sell stks (6) pol.
Plunder 15-2 (9-10) Chased leader until hung right on bend over 5f out, chased leaders, outpaced 2f out, stayed on to 3rd final 100 yards, 3rd of 7, 4l behind Ain't No Surprise (8-2) at Wolverhampton 7f sell stks (6) pol.
Delicious Patrica 50-1 (8-0) Held up, ridden over 3f out, soon lost place, 7th of 8, 21l behind Certavi (8-13) at Chepstow 1m 2f hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Jul.