Hipster won a handicap Epsom back in September and has leading claims on his return to action off a 3lb higher mark. Lilac Lace also arrives on the back of a win having landed a maiden on the Fibresand at Southwell last month but has yet to race on a fast surface. Pippy should have done a lot better at Lingfield last time and the headgear is applied for the first time while C&D winner Be On The Bell finished nearer last on her handicap debut at Kempton. STAFFHOSS showed plenty of early pace to overcome a wide draw at Lingfield and win his maiden and Mark Johnston's colt is taken to go in again with further progress likely.
Hipster 7-2fav (9-2) Soon pushed along to press leader after 1f, led narrowly over 4f out, kept slight advantage, driven over 1f out, stayed on to assert inside final furlong, always holding on, won at Epsom Downs 7f 2yo hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Sep beating Beedee (9-7) by nk, 8 ran.
Ocean Applause 16-1 (9-7) Held up, ridden 2f out, no impression, 6th of 8, 6l behind Yarroom (9-7) at Lingfield 1m 2yo hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Staffhoss 6-1 (9-3) Tracked leader, ridden 3f out, stayed on to lead towards finish, won at Lingfield 7f 2yo mdn stks (5) pol beating Lady Malet (8-12) by 1/2l, 13 ran.
Be On The Bell 7-1 (9-7) Always towards rear, 9th of 10, 9l behind Gracious George (8-13) at Kempton 7f 2yo hco 0-75 (5) pol.
Pippy 5-1 (9-5) Held up in rear, ridden over 2f out, never a factor, 7th of 9, 4l behind Roman Order (9-5) at Lingfield 7f 2yo hco 0-75 (5) pol.
Lilac Lace (IRE) 11-10fav (8-4) Tracked leader, led over 2f out, ridden out, won at Southwell 7f 2yo mdn auc stks (6) fbs in Nov beating Nelina (8-7) by 2 1/2l, 7 ran.