SCAMPERDALE loves it here and he can get his head in front at the main expense of Gallantry and Plush. The selection has recorded seven of his eight career wins at this track and he was only beaten a nose by New Star here last time. The yard are in good form and this looks a golden opportunity for him to resume winning ways. Plush is a course and distance winner and Tom Dascombe's yard are in sparkling form and he should certainly be capable of giving the selection a race. Gallantry won well last time over 7f and he remains on a fair mark. This step up in trip will not hinder him and he is certainly worth considering. Leonaldo has the best of the draw and this French import caught the eye on his British debut at Lingfield last time. He was returning from a break that day so there should be more to come and he is worth noting in the market. A fascinating contest and the vote is given to Scamperdale.
Gallantry 10-3 (9-0) Held up, pushed along 3f out, headway approaching final furlong, soon ridden, ran on strongly to lead final 75 yards, won at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-85 (4) pol beating Compton's Eleven (8-10) by 1l, 5 ran.
Mistress Greeley (USA) 14-1 (9-8) Ridden 3f out, always towards rear, last of 11, 15l behind Relative Order (9-7) at Newmarket 7f 3yo hcp (3) gf in Aug.
Scamperdale 7-4fav (9-5) Keen early, held up, headway over 2f out, chased winner and edged left just over 1f out, edge left inside final furlong, ran on, just failed, 2nd of 6, shd behind New Star (8-8) at W'hampton 1m 1f app hcp (4) pol.
Plush 15-8fav (8-13) Slowly into stride, held up towards rear, headway on outer over 2f out, led 1f out, ran on well, won at W'hampton 1m 1f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Jan beating Star Strider (9-4) by 4l, 9 ran.
Pegasus Again (USA) 8-1 (9-2) Led, ridden and pressed 2f out, headed inside final furlong, soon outpaced by winner, 2nd of 10, 3 1/2l behind L'Hirondelle (9-3) at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-80 (4) pol in Jan.
Torch of Freedom (IRE) 4-1 (8-11) In touch, ridden over 2f out, soon weakened, 8th of 10, 18l behind Exit Smiling (7-11) at Southwell 1m hcp 0-85 (4) fbs.
Leonaldo (USA) 25-1 (9-0) Tracked leader on inner, ridden 2f out, effort, no impression over 1f out, kept on well for 3rd, 3rd of 10, 4 1/2l behind L'Hirondelle (9-3) at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-80 (4) pol in Jan.
Solent Ridge (IRE) 9-2 (8-9) Tracked leaders, ridden 2f out, effort over 1f out, no impression final furlong, 4th of 9, 3l behind Den's Gift (9-0) at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Jan.