tracked leading pair, ridden over 2f out, no impression
led, ridden over 2f out, hung left over 1f out, headed inside final furlong
tracked leader, ridden to challenge from over 2f out, led inside final furlong, stayed on
Napinda was headed inside the closing stages by Poetic Verse when sent off 25/1 here during the week. There's no chance she'll start anywhere near that price today as she beat Shearian three lengths with Una Bella Cosa tailed off. Phillip McBride's filly cannot be ignored but a chance is taken that DARKEST NIGHT will handle the surface. He's won his last couple of starts at Lingfield and has a penalty to carry but despite racing in ostensibly the same grade today, this is much less competitive and he gets the nod to land a hat-trick.
Darkest Night (IRE) 5-2 (9-1) Made all, ridden and joined inside final furlong, ran on, just held on, won at Lingfield 1m 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol beating Taxiformissbyron (9-1) by ns, 4 ran.
Shearian 9-2 (8-11) Held up, ridden over 4f out, stayed on under strong pressure from over 1f out, not trouble leaders, 4th of 9, 4l behind Poetic Verse (9-7) at Southwell 1m Maiden Handicap (0-55) (3yo) (6) fbs.
Napinda 25-1 (9-3) Prominent, led over 2f out, ridden and headed entering final furlong, stayed on, 2nd of 9, 1/2l behind Poetic Verse (9-7) at Southwell 1m Maiden Handicap (0-55) (3yo) (6) fbs.
Una Bella Cosa 7-2fav (9-5) Prominent, ridden and lost place over 3f out, beaten entering final 3f, soon eased, last of 9, 38l behind Poetic Verse (9-7) at Southwell 1m Maiden Handicap (0-55) (3yo) (6) fbs.