towards rear, pushed along over 6f out, ridden over 4f out, headway under pressure over 2f out, one pace inside final furlong
chased leading pair until not clear run from over 2f out until well over 1f out, kept on to go 2nd inside final furlong, no chance with winner
raced keenly, soon pressing leader, upsides over 2f out, weakened inside final furlong
held up in 4th, improved to lead over 2f out, shaken up over 1f out, soon in no danger, easily
slight stumble start, took keen hold, soon led, headed over 2f out, soon weakened
held up towards rear, headway 2f out, weakened final furlong
slowly into stride, held up in rear, no chance when over 1f out
Five of the seven set to go here have won on the course before so we know they handle the surface, but our preference is for SABRE LIGHT ahead of New Star and Blacktoft. Jeff Pearce's gelding has won five out of his last six races at Kempton and Lingfield. Happy to see him run at this sort of level, the trainer can expect to see him pick up more prize money along the way. He's giving weight away all round, but is well clear on all his rivals here given a clean run. New Star is a regular here to the exclusion of other courses, and is unpenalised for winning here last week, with that being an apprentices' contest. Blacktoft is in fine form and looking to land a hat-trick. He'll want a strong pace and could end up in a duel with our selection. It looks like a tight little heat, with a number likely to be supported, but carrying our backing will be Sabre Light.
Sabre Light Evensfav (9-0) Steadied in rear, pushed along well over 2f out, headway over 1f out, led approaching final furlong, ridden clear, won at Kempton 1m 2f clm (5) pol in Jan beating Wahoo Sam (8-5) by 7l, 6 ran.
New Star (UAE) 3-1 (8-8) Tracked leader until 6f out, remained prominent, led 2f out, ridden and edged left over 1f out, just held on, won at W'hampton 1m 1f app hcp (4) pol beating Scamperdale (9-5) by a ns, 6 ran.
Flying Applause 10-1 (9-3) Led after 1f, ridden, headed over 3f out, weakened well over 2f out, 7th of 8, 14l behind McConnell (9-4) at Southwell 1m hcp 0-75 (5) fbs in Jan.
Blacktoft (USA) 8-13fav (8-11) Pulled hard, tracked leader until 8f out, remained close up, chased leader again entering final 3f, quickened to lead 2f out, soon clear, won at Lingfield 1m 2f clm (6) pol beating Zero Cool (8-5) by 5l, 5 ran.
Wahoo Sam (USA) 25-1 (8-6) Soon led, clear over 6f out, headed well over 1f out, soon weakened, 7th of 8, 17l behind Blacktoft (8-9) at W'hampton 1m 1f clm (6) pol.
Alexander Guru 8-1 (8-8) Tracked leaders, weakened well over 1f out, 7th of 9, 9l behind Highly Regal (9-0) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-65 (6) pol.
Siryena 33-1 (8-12) Always rear division, ridden and beaten over 2f out, 9th of 14, 9l behind Lytham (8-11) at Kempton 1m 2f hcp (6) pol.