SPEEDY YAKI left his previous poor form behind when, sporting blinkers and a tongue-tie for the first time, he scored on his handicap debut over C&D by four lengths. A penalty looks unlikely to prevent a follow-up in this company and he gets the nod. M J Woodward had been in fine form at Southwell until posting a below par effort at that track last time, but he still looks the main danger unless Martha's Way or Homeward Strut show a big improvement handicapping for the first time. Songbird Blues hasn't been disgraced in a couple of starts at Lingfield this year and could make the frame today.
Speedy Yaki (IRE) 13-2 (9-2) In touch, not clear run briefly over 2f out, headway to lead 1f out, ridden clear, won at Wolverhampton 7f hcp (0-55) (6) pol in Jan beating House Limit (8-12) by 4 1/2l, 11 ran.
Angel Warrior (IRE) 33-1 (7-7) Always behind, pushed along 5f out, soon lost touch, tailed off, last of 12, 41l behind Risky Art (8-8) at York 1m 2yo hcp (2) gd in Aug.
M J Woodward 8-1 (9-2) Chased leaders, hard driven halfway, kept on under pressure, never on terms, 4th of 7, 8l behind Laffan (9-11) at Southwell 6f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) fbs in Jan.
Martha's Way 66-1 (8-12) Behind, outpaced over 3f out, never dangerous, 7th of 9, 14l behind Eastern Destiny (8-12) at Thirsk 6f 2yo mdn (4) gs in Aug.
Gone By Sunrise 13-8fav (8-10) Towards rear, ridden halfway, never a threat, 8th of 10, 13l behind Clodhopper (8-7) at Kempton 6f hcp (0-55) (6) pol.
Can Do Les (IRE) 16-1 (9-2) Held up towards rear, never on terms, 8th of 12, 13l behind Liquid Sunshine (8-6) at Kempton 1m hcp (0-55) (6) pol in Jan.
Songbird Blues 6-1 (8-7) Tracked leader, ridden over 1f out, every chance inside final furlong, no extra close home, 5th of 10, 1 1/2l behind Lana (8-9) at Lingfield 7f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Jan.
Homeward Strut 100-1 (8-8) Took keen hold, not much room hampered and steadied rear over 6f out, never on terms after, last of 9, 15l behind Frosty Berry (8-1) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f mdn auc stks (6) pol in Jan.
Clone Devil (IRE) 16-1 (8-4) Slowly into stride, held up in mid-division, ridden 2f out, soon weakened, last of 11, 11l behind Inniscastle Boy (9-2) at Kempton 7f 2yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Sep.