Iver Bridge Lad returns to handicap company for the first time since finishing fourth at Meydan back in March. He's certainly good enough to land this at his best but a chance is taken on the less exposed UBETTERBEGOOD. A winner in Italy over today's trip, he beat Ajjaadd and Harrison George over 5f at this track a fortnight ago and further improvement is expected under Robert Cowell's tutelage. Swiss Cross went close at Lingfield a week ago and makes more appeal than Outpost and Mac Gille Eoin who are both upped in class.
Iver Bridge Lad 16-1 (9-2) Raced wide in rear, ridden and kept on final furlong, never near leaders, 7th of 12, 3 1/2l behind Ballista (9-2) at Lingfield 6f Listed stks (1) pol.
Whaileyy (IRE) 11-4 (9-5) Tracked leader, ridden halfway, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 7, 6l behind My Propeller (9-1) at Yarmouth 5f hcp 0-100 (2) gf in Sep.
Ubetterbegood (ARG) 25-1 (9-6) Chased leaders, ridden and headway over 1f out, stayed on well under pressure inside final furlong, led towards finish, won at Kempton 5f hcp 0-95 (3) pol beating Ihtifal (9-7) by 1/2l, 12 ran.
Bajan Tryst (USA) 7-1 (9-12) Rear of mid-division, no impression straight, 11th of 13, 11l behind Balmont Mast (9-6) at Dundalk 6f 3yo stks pol in Oct.
Ajjaadd (USA) 14-1 (9-2) Slowly into stride, behind, headway on outside over 1f out, ran on well inside final furlong, went 3rd closing stages, nearest finish, 3rd of 12, 3/4l behind Ubetterbegood (9-6) at Kempton 5f hcp 0-95 (3) pol.
Swiss Cross 14-1 (9-3) With leaders on outside, clear 2nd over 2f out, ridden and effort over 1f out, carried right by winner inside final furlong, kept on, 2nd of 11, 1/2l behind York Glory (9-4) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-95 (3) pol.
Harrison George (IRE) 6-1 (9-1) Behind, outpaced 2f out, ridden and kept on inside final furlong, never nearer, 6th of 12, 4 1/2l behind Ubetterbegood (9-6) at Kempton 5f hcp 0-95 (3) pol.
Outpost (IRE) 6-1 (9-4) Made all, ridden and joined over 1f out, driven and ran on, just held on, won at Southwell 6f hcp 0-85 (4) fbs beating Take Cover (9-7) by shd, 11 ran.
Mac Gille Eoin 2-1 (9-9) Awkwardly away and slowly into stride, behind, driven to chase leaders 2f out, soon ridden, kept on same pace final furlong, no impression, 4th of 6, 4l behind Ertikaan (9-7) at Kempton 6f clm stks (6) pol.