held up in touch, outpaced over 2f out, soon lost place
steadied start, held up, headway over 2f out, every chance over 1f out, stayed on strongly to lead close
prominent, every chance over 1f out, weakened final furlong
held up in rear, headway over 2f out, led approaching final furlong, headed and no extra towards finish
tracked leader, every chance over 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong
led, headed just over 1f out, faded
in touch, outpaced over 3f out, rallied over 2f out, weakened over 1f out
There is little separating these at the weights but ROBOTIQUE DANSEUR is the least exposed. She made a winning start over track and trip and ran well again back here last time attempting to concede 7lb to a John Gosden-trained winner. In The Cove won a handicap at Kempton when last over a mile but Scheme returned a losing favourite dropped down to today’s trip at Lingfield. First Response could go well fitted with a tongue-tie having recorded his only win so far on the all-weather but both Blindingly and Fortissimo have something to prove over the trip.
Blindingly (GER) 6-4fav (9-11) Mid-division, switched right and pushed along 3f out, headway over 2f out, no extra inside final furlong, 5th of 8, 8 3/4l behind Kentuckyconnection (9-3) at Newcastle 7f hcp (5) pol in Oct.
First Response 9-2 (9-9) Close up, ridden 2f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 5th of 8, 2 1/2l behind Hammer Gun (9-3) at Pontefract 1m hcp (4) gf in Sep.
Fortissimo (IRE) 8-1 (9-9) Chased leaders, ridden inside final 2f, weakened over 1f out, 8th of 10, 7 1/2l behind Deira Surprise (9-10) at Wolverhampton 7f (5) pol in Dec.
Geizy Teizy (IRE) 16-1 (9-4) Towards rear, headway over 3f out, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, last of 8, 21 1/4l behind Romola (9-9) at Nottingham 1m hcp fll (4) hvy in Aug.
In The Cove (IRE) 8-1 (9-3) Took keen hold, prominent, every chance over 1f out, held by winner inside final furlong, kept on, 2nd of 11, 1l behind Highfaluting (9-6) at Kempton 7f hcp (5) pol in Oct.
Robotique Danseur (FR) 16-1 (9-5) Tracked leader, every chance 2f out, stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 2nd of 5, 3l behind New Angel (8-12) at Newcastle 1m fll stks (5) pol in Oct.
Scheme 10-3fav (9-3) Slow into stride, soon pushed along and headway to track leaders, ridden over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 10, 3 1/2l behind Pytilia (9-3) at Lingfield 1m hcp (5) pol in Sep.