Money for Waterloo Dock would look interesting however from a wide draw he is taken on with DIVINE FORCE who shaped with much more promise here last time out. Michael Wigham's Bertolini gelding has edged down to an attractive mark after a series of poor efforts this year. Two runs since his summer break have been much more encouraging however and he is taken to swoop late on to take top honours. Grand Palace knows how to win here and is able to race off a tasty mark, whilst course form is also a box that is ticked by both Green Velvet and After The Show. Romantic Queen looks interesting with Dane O'Neill taking the ride and she looks fairly treated, whilst similar comments apply to Romantic Verse and Hart Of Gold. Suzi's Dancer has a different profile and the filly may be fairly-treated off a mark of 55 as she drops in trip, whilst the bottom three in the handicap are all consistent and should give backers a good run for their money. A terribly tricky start to the card, and Divine Force is just a tentative selection.
Romantic Queen 16-1 (8-13) Held up, hampered after 1f, ridden and headway approaching final furlong, stayed on towards finish, 5th of 11, 3 1/2l behind Fantasy Fighter (8-13) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Nov.
Waterloo Dock 5-1 (9-3) Close up, ridden to lead over 1f out, edged left inside final furlong, headed towards finish, 2nd of 10, 1/2l behind Mr Skipiton (8-12) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Apr.
Green Velvet 16-1 (9-2) In touch, headway to chase leaders over 2f out, soon ridden, weakened over 1f out, 5th of 10, 9l behind Abhainn (8-4) at Warwick 6f hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Sep.
After The Show 10-1 (9-1) Slowly into stride, held up, ridden 2f out, ran on inside final furlong, not reached leaders, 4th of 12, 1l behind Ask Jenny (8-12) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Nov.
Divine Force 4-1 (9-2) Steadied start, pulled hard towards rear, headway approaching 2f out, ridden and every chance over 1f out, chased winner and one pace final furlong, 2nd of 13, 2 1/4l behind Dancing Welcome (8-13) at Lingfield 7f Apprentice Handicap (0-58) (3yo+) (6) pol in Nov.
Grand Palace (IRE) 16-1 (9-2) Led, headed over 4f out, tracked leader after, ridden to lead again after 1f out, headed inside final furlong, no extra towards finish, 7th of 11, 4 1/2l behind Fantasy Fighter (8-13) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Nov.
Hart of Gold 12-1 (9-0) Towards rear, kept on final furlong, never near leaders, 6th of 11, 4 1/2l behind Fantasy Fighter (8-13) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Nov.
Outer Hebrides 5-1 (8-13) Mid-division, headway 2f out, pushed along and one pace final furlong, 7th of 14, 4l behind Dynamo Dave (8-3) at Lingfield 7f Apprentice Handicap (0-58) (3yo+) (6) pol in Nov.
Briannsta (IRE) 14-1 (8-12) Behind, kept on final furlong, never nearer, 7th of 12, 2 3/4l behind Ask Jenny (8-12) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Nov.
Colombard (IRE) 9-2 (8-4) In touch, ridden over 2f out, driven and kept on inside final furlong, not pace to challenge, 4th of 11, 1l behind Welcome Approach (8-6) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Nov.
Romantic Verse 16-1 (8-11) Took keen hold closeup, pushed along over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 5th of 12, 3 1/2l behind Philmack Dot Com (8-13) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp (6) pol in Nov.
Suzi's Dancer 9-1 (8-12) In touch, improved 2f out, ridden over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 4th of 12, 4 1/2l behind Leelu (8-12) at Kempton 7f mdn auc stks (5) pol in Oct.