LES GAR GAN has her first run at Lingfield but has been in decent form in sellers and claimers lately. She kept on well behind Dialogue at Wolverhampton last month and a repeat of that effort should see her go one better here. Matraash looks the danger as this is probably his best trip but he hasn't won in almost a year while fellow course and distance winner Bennelong turned in a couple of disappointing performances here and at Kempton last month. Emperor Ferdinand was well behind the selection at Kempton in October and Monsieur Chabal's latest third came in a very poor contest.
Bennelong 10-1 (9-7) Keen, pressed leader, pushed along and ran wide into straight 2f out, soon weakened, 5th of 7, 10l behind Prime Exhibit (9-7) at Lingfield 1m app sll stks (6) pol in Dec.
Matraash (USA) 11-1 (9-8) Travelled strongly in touch in rear, progress to track leaders over 2f out, switched right over 1f out, soon ridden, not run on, 4th of 6, 2 1/4l behind La Estrella (9-8) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f sell stks (6) in Dec.
Les Gar Gan (IRE) 14-1 (8-2) Close up, ridden 2f out, kept on to go 2nd inside final furlong, 2nd of 9, 2l behind Dialogue (8-1) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f clm stks (5) in Dec.
Emperor Ferdinand (IRE) 8-1 (8-8) Tracked leader, ridden to lead over 2f out, soon headed, hung right inside final furlong, no extra towards finish, 5th of 10, 4l behind Golly Miss Molly (8-13) at Lingfield 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Dec.
Monsieur Chabal 16-1 (9-3) Held up in rear, ridden and headway over 2f out, soon chasing leaders, switched right to challenge over 1f out, hung left under pressure closing stages, no extra, 3rd of 12, 1l behind Warden Bond (9-6) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-50 (7).
Tamujin (IRE) 25-1 (9-2) Always towards rear, 12th of 13, 11l behind Habeshia (9-5) at Kempton 1m app hcp 0-50 (7) pol in Nov.
Brian The Lion 33-1 (8-2) Mid-division, driven over 3f out, chased leaders briefly over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 7th of 8, 16l behind Ballyfarsoon (8-7) at Wolverhampton 1m 6f hcp 0-60 (6) in Dec.