LYRIC PIECE went very close on her handicap debut at Lingfield when finding only Blue Nova too good. She's the tentative selection in an open handicap with Duroble Man expected to show further progress on his handicap debut and Avatar Star looking capable of better stepping up in distance. Raging Bear has a shout on his earlier fourth at Sandown but 7f Lingfield winner Beau Select has a bit to prove back over a mile. Canadian Run is another to consider on his best efforts having his first start since August.
Avatar Star (IRE) 5-1 (9-3) Took keen hold, tracked leader, pushed along 2f out, unable to quicken inside final furlong, stayed on, 3rd of 9, 1l behind Brownsea Brink (9-3) at Kempton 7f 2yo mdn stks (5) pol in Nov.
Lyric Piece 5-1 (9-5) Tracked leaders, driven over 3f out, ridden and wide entering straight, stayed on well under pressure inside final furlong to press winner towards finish, just held, 2nd of 9, nk behind Blue Nova (9-5) at Lingfield 1m 2yo hco 0-75 (5) pol in Nov.
Canadian Run (IRE) 7-1 (9-3) Tracked leaders in 3rd, ridden and one pace inside final furlong, 6th of 14, 6l behind Baltic Knight (9-3) at Kempton 7f 2yo mdn auc stks (5) pol in Aug.
Duroble Man 14-1 (9-3) Led, ridden 2f out, headed and no extra inside final furlong, 3rd of 12, 1l behind Muhtaris (9-3) at Nottingham 1m 2yo mdn (5) sft in Nov.
Raging Bear (USA) 3-1 (9-3) Prominent, effort over 2f out, soon weakened, 6th of 10, 5l behind Shebebi (9-3) at Folkestone 7f 2yo mdn (5) gf in Sep.
Fair Comment 16-1 (9-5) Close up, ridden over 2f out, no impression, 5th of 9, 8l behind Santo Prince (9-7) at Brighton 7f 2yo hcp 0-75 (5) hvy in Oct.
Beau Select (IRE) 9-2fav (9-5) Dwelt, held up in rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, chased winner inside final, kept on towards finish, 2nd of 11, 1 1/2l behind Missing Agent (8-7) at Kempton 7f 2yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Nov.
Entrapping 13-2 (8-13) Led, ridden and headed 2f out, soon beaten, 6th of 9, 9l behind Noble Gift (8-13) at Salisbury 7f 2yo mdn aut (5) hvy in Oct.
Koharu 7-1 (8-13) Towards rear, ridden over 1f out, kept on same pace, 4th of 10, 7l behind Archie Stevens (9-6) at Wolverhampton 6f 2yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Nov.