Eldelbar won a lower grade contest here yesterday and is penalised while Pholas could only finish third at the same fixture. Course regular CRITICAL THINKING has won eight times here including this race last year. He’s been threatening to get his head back in front with a string of placed efforts and gets another chance in this. Little Red Socks scored over track and trip last month but Bombastic has looked high enough in the weights since scoring at Lingfield in November. Blame Culture has a shout in this grade while Lets Go Lucky won a claimer at Lingfield at this time last year.
Blame Culture (USA) 5-1 (8-13) Keen in touch, pushed along and headway over 1f out, no impression final furlong, 7th of 11, 4 1/4l behind Lethal Talent (9-0) at Lingfield 7f hcp (4) pol in Dec.
Critical Thinking (IRE) 18-1 (9-4) Held up towards rear, headway over 2f out, strong challenge well inside final furlong, just denied, 2nd of 9, hd behind Win Win Power (9-9) at Kempton 1m hcp (5) pol in Jan.
Bombastic (IRE) 5-1 (9-6) Led, ridden 2f out, headed over 1f out, soon weakened, 3rd of 7, 9 1/4l behind Album (9-0) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp (5) pol in Jan.
Lucky Lodge 11-2 (8-6) Led early, prominent, pushed along over 3f out, no impression from over 1f out, 6th of 9, 7l behind Spartan Fighter (9-0) at Newcastle 6f hcp (4) pol in Jan.
Lets Go Lucky 9-2 (9-11) Tracked leaders, not much room over 3f out, driven over 1f out, stayed on same pace, 4th of 8, 3 1/2l behind Never Said Nothing (8-12) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f stks (6) pol in Feb.
Little Red Socks (IRE) 11-2 (9-7) Off the pace in towards rear, some headway far side of group and hung left inside final 2f, soon ridden, weakened final furlong, 7th of 12, 7 1/2l behind Chosen World (9-0) at Newcastle 7f hcp (6) pol in Jan.
Maurice Dancer 7-1 (9-3) Restless in stalls and slowly into stride, held up and behind, ran on towards finish, not recover, 5th of 7, 1 3/4l behind Kylla Looks (9-0) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp (5) pol in Jan.
Mostaqqer (IRE) 125-1 (8-4) Slowly into stride, outpaced, last of 10, 9 1/2l behind Dutch Decoy (9-9) at Chelmsford City 7f hcp (4) pol in Jan.
Eldelbar (SPA) 11-2 (9-10) Chased leaders, effort over 2f out, challenged over 1f out, stayed on, 3rd and held near finish, 3rd of 11, 1/4l behind Atrafan (9-6) at Newcastle 6f hcp (6) pol in Jan.
Pholas 10-1 (8-4) Held up in rear, good headway over 1f out, quickened to lead inside final furlong, ran on, won at Newcastle 1m hcp (5) pol in Jan beating Great Colaci (9-1) by 1l, 12 ran.