Areyoutalkingtome,Maltese Falcon and Perfect Story are three against the field in a wide open finale and the narrow vote is given to Areyoutalkingtome. The selection won well last time out when beating Maraaja and although rising in the weights he looks a progressive type and he is taken to defy the handicaper. Maltese Falcon rates the main danger as he beat Woodnock last time but that form has since been let down and he is taken on with this in mind. Perfect Story is another worthy of respect on her best form but she has yet to win off a mark this high. Of the remainder Talbot Avanue ran as if returning to form last time aand could go well at a price but for the winner we are happy to return to the progressive Areyoutalkingtome.
Areyoutalkingtome 7-4fav (9-4) In touch, driven to lead inside final furlong, just held on, won at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-100 (2) pol beating Marajaa (8-2) by a shd, 9 ran.
Maltese Falcon 3-1 (9-1) Made all, ridden and quickened over 1f out, driven out, won at Lingfield 6f hcap (3) pol beating Woodnook (8-2) by a nk, 8 ran.
One More Round (USA) 66-1 (9-2) Raced stands side, towards rear, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 22nd of 23, 21l behind Fonthill Road (9-2) at Ayr 6f hcap (2) gs in Sept.
Qadar (IRE) 5-1 (9-2) Held up in rear, headway over 1f out, ran on well towards finish, 3rd of 8, 2l behind Maltese Falcon (9-1) at Lingfield 6f hcap (3) pol.
Talbot Avenue 9-2 (9-2) Held up tracking leaders, squeezed through to chase leaders over 3f out, chased winner from over 1f out, no further impression, 2nd of 8, 3/4l behind Harry Up (8-7) at Kempton 5f hcp 0-95 (3) pol.
First Order 7-1 (9-4) Dwelt, bumped start, soon outpaced, 9th of 10, 9l behind Stoneacre Lad (8-11) at Southwell 5f hcap (3) fbs.
Woodnook 7-1 (8-2) Tracked leaders, ridden 3f out, outpaced over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, nearest finish, 2nd of 8, nk behind Maltese Falcon (9-1) at Lingfield 6f hcap (3) pol.
Perfect Story (IRE) 13-2 (8-11) Held up, headway on outside over 1f out, ran on strongly to lead well inside final furlong, won at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-85 (4) pol beating Quiet Times (9-1) by 3/4l, 11 ran.