Ilie Nastase is better over further and has gone 18 starts since his last victory while Desert Dreamer has been beaten in sellers already this year and would be better off in a handicap. Avon River just comes out best on official figures but his best recent form has been over a mile and he was outpaced over this trip at Lingfield last time, though in a better race than this. SAMARINDA has won nine times from 39 starts on Polytrack and this is his trip. He has a couple pounds to find with Avon River on the ratings but still looks worthy of the vote.
Avon River 13-2 (9-0) Mid-division, hard ridden and beaten 2f out, 10th of 12, 8l behind Bravo Echo (9-4) at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-95 (3) pol.
Ilie Nastase (FR) 14-1 (9-7) Slowly into stride, in touch in mid-division, ridden and effort over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 9, 6l behind Kilburn (9-5) at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Samarinda (USA) 2-1fav (9-0) Led, headed well over 1f out, rallying when not much room entering final furlong, no danger after, 6th of 11, 4l behind Lend A Grand (8-13) at Lingfield 7f clm stks (6) pol in Nov.
Desert Dreamer (IRE) 11-1 (8-3) Dwelt, chased leaders, driven over 2f out, soon no impression, last of 4, 5l behind Army Of Stars (8-10) at Lingfield 7f sell stks (6) pol.