HINTON ADMIRAL has won five times this year and his latest third over 5f at this track suggests he remains in good form. He looks to have every chance on today's terms and rates the selection ahead of Desert Icon, who scored over C&D last month before a below-par effort at Kempton last time behind third-placed Sarah's Art. The latter should be thereabouts again, but Tombi isn't getting any closer despite his slide down the weights. Forty Proof looks best of the rest on his fourth at Lingfield during the week.
Desert Icon (IRE) 13-2 (8-11) Slowly into stride, in rear, headway inside final 2f, ridden over 1f out, kept on, never near leaders, 6th of 11, 5l behind Aye Aye Digby (9-11) at Kempton 6f clm stks (6) pol in Nov.
Hinton Admiral 16-1 (8-13) In touch, ridden over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, not quicken, 3rd of 9, 1 1/4l behind Master Of Disguise (8-5) at Wolverhampton 5f clm stks (6) pol in Oct.
My Lord 11-2 (9-8) Chased leaders, ridden 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 10, 8l behind Lutine Charlie (9-0) at Kempton 6f sell stks (6) pol in Nov.
Athaakeel (IRE) 16-1 (9-1) Towards rear, switched right over 1f out, soon ridden and one pace, 8th of 11, 4 1/2l behind Frequency (9-7) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Oct.
Mawjoodah 9-1 (8-12) Chased leaders on outside, outpaced over 2f out, ridden and lost place over 1f out, soon weakened, 10th of 11, 10l behind Aye Aye Digby (9-11) at Kempton 6f clm stks (6) pol in Nov.
Princess Dayna 7-1 (8-12) Held up mid-division, ridden over 1f out, no impression, 8th of 12, 5l behind Berbice (9-3) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-62 (6) pol in Nov.
Silver Turn 20-1 (9-3) Tracked leader, ridden 2f out, kept on one pace, 3rd of 10, 2l behind Lutine Charlie (9-0) at Kempton 6f sell stks (6) pol in Nov.
Devil You Know (IRE) 25-1 (8-12) Led, ridden over 1f out, headed entering final furlong, weakened well inside final furlong, 7th of 12, 6l behind Libys Dream (8-12) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Forty Proof (IRE) 8-1 (8-3) Taken to post early, held up, effort over 1f out, kept on same pace, 4th of 8, 2 1/4l behind Deerslayer (8-9) at Lingfield 5f clm stks (6) pol in Nov.
Lake Chini (IRE) 22-1 (9-7) Tracked leader, ridden over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 8th of 10, 10l behind Doc Hay (9-11) at Carlisle 5f hcp 0-70 (5) gs in Jun.
Sarah's Art (IRE) 14-1 (8-5) Chased leaders, switched inside and headway 2f out, soon challenged, ridden and stayed on to chase winner final furlong, lost 2nd post, 3rd of 11, 1 1/4l behind Aye Aye Digby (9-11) at Kempton 6f clm stks (6) pol in Nov.
Tombi (USA) 11-2 (9-4) Led, ridden over 1f out, headed and weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 11, 5l behind Desert Icon (8-11) at Wolverhampton 6f clm stks (6) pol in Nov.
Towy Boy (IRE) 11-2fav (9-5) Held up in touch, effort 1f out, kept on same pace, 5th of 10, 2l behind Catalinas Diamond (9-4) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Nov.