A difficult race to get a handle on as both Anaconda and Verse Of Love were engaged to run in the same race at Lingfield yesterday. The former would have every chance if taking part and Spirit of Sharjah is also a leading contender. He made all in a three-runner affair over C&D last time when looking back to something like his best with today's rival and previous winner Chapter And Verse a couple of lengths behind. Kung Hei Fat Choy has a tough task on today's terms but hold-up horse PISCEAN should get the race run to suit and Tom Keddy's C&D winner gets the vote in a tricky contest
Anaconda (FR) Evensfav (9-2) Took keen hold, led, ridden over 1f out, soon hard pressed, kept on until headed and no extra final 50 yards, 2nd of 5, 1/2l behind Lockantanks (8-12) at Lingfield 1m stks (3yo+) (3) pol in Dec.
Spirit of Sharjah (IRE) 9-1 (9-2) Led at slow pace, quickened tempo 3f out, left in 3 lengths lead 2f out, eased close home, unchallenged, won at Kempton 7f cnd stks (4yo+) (4) pol beating Chapter And Verse (9-2) by 2l, 3 ran.
Verse Of Love 16-1 (9-0) Made all, ridden over 1f out, held on well, won at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-95 (3) pol beating Chapter And Verse (9-2) by hd, 7 ran.
Chapter And Verse (IRE) 6-1 (9-2) Held up towards rear, headway over 1f out, ridden entering final furlong, stayed on well towards finish, just held, 2nd of 7, hd behind Verse Of Love (9-0) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-95 (3) pol.
Kung Hei Fat Choy (USA) 7-2fav (9-0) Always prominent, driven to lead over 1f out, stayed on strongly, won at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-85 (4) pol beating Atlantis Crossing (8-9) by 1 1/2l, 8 ran.
Piscean (USA) 12-1 (9-2) Held up in rear, headway over 1f out, ran on, nearest finish, 3rd of 9, 1 1/4l behind Farmleigh House (9-7) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-100 (2) pol.