Hierarch went close at Lingfield last time and has been given a chance by the handicapper allowed to race off the same mark here. May's Boy is better off at the weights with BREAKHEART for a neck defeat over C&D last week. But the latter's apprentice was winning for the second time at this track on that occasion and his experience could give Andrew Balding's charge the edge once again. Sudden Wish is another with claims though this looks tougher than his recent placed efforts and Divine Rule's latest second came in a seller.
Hierarch (IRE) 10-1 (9-7) Held up, headway on inner when short of room over 1f out, effort when not clear run and switched left inside final furlong, ran on, 2nd of 10, 3/4l behind Refreshestheparts (8-11) at Lingfield 1m app hcp (6) pol in Dec.
Travelling 25-1 (9-0) Held up in last trio, pushed along on inside 3f out, ridden and unable to quicken over 2f out, weakened well over 1f out, 7th of 9, 8l behind Atlantis Crossing (9-6) at Kempton 7f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Dec.
Breakheart (IRE) 12-1 (8-3) Raced wide and held up towards rear, pushed along and headway 2f out, chased leaders over 1f out, led inside final furlong, stayed on well, ridden out, won at Kempton 1m hacp 0-70 (5) pol beating May's Boy (8-6) by nk, 12 ran.
Bloodsweatandtears 5-1 (9-5) Tracked leader, ridden and every chance 2f out, kept on one pace, 4th of 12, 3l behind Avertis (9-2) at Lingfield 1m hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Dec.
Qeethaara (USA) 25-1 (9-0) Slowly into stride, held up in rear, never dangerous, 10th of 12, 12l behind Focail Eile (9-3) at Kempton 1m hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Nov.
May's Boy 8-1 (8-6) Chased leaders, switched left to outside over 2f out, led 1f out until inside final furlong, stayed on, 2nd of 12, nk behind Breakheart (8-3) at Kempton 1m hacp 0-70 (5) pol.
Da Ponte 33-1 (9-3) Chased leaders, lost place over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 9th of 12, 8l behind Patavium Prince (8-13) at Lingfield 7f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Dec.
Divine Rule (IRE) 8-1 (9-7) Chased leaders, effort well over 1f out, not pace to challenge, 2nd of 8, 1 3/4l behind Daniel Thomas (9-7) at Lingfield 1m app sll stks (6) pol in Dec.
Sudden Wish (IRE) 5-1 (9-1) With leader, led over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, headed towards finish, no extra and lost 2nd place close home, 3rd of 11, 1 1/4l behind Brown Pete (9-3) at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Dec.