SONKO won a couple of handicaps over C&D last month beating one of today's chief rivals in Drawnfromthepast last time. The latter is a frustrating sort so Tim Pitt's charge is taken to confirm running and land his hat-trick. Lujeanie is rated high enough in handicaps at present and could figure dropped in class but downgrading Powerful Wind to this level as made no difference to his form. He was still beaten five lengths when second at Wolverhampton last time with Lesley's Choice even further behind.
Powerful Wind (IRE) 4-1 (9-9) Led and soon clear, edged right and reduced lead inside final furlong, soon headed, no chance with winner, 2nd of 12, 5l behind Alaskan Bullet (9-3) at Wolverhampton 5f sell stks (6) pol in Nov.
Celtic Sultan (IRE) 25-1 (8-13) Rider removed blind late slowly away, behind, 10th of 11, 7l behind The Strig (9-2) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Nov.
Lujeanie 7-1 (9-2) Chased leaders, ridden to challenge over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 5th of 10, 2 3/4l behind Noverre To Go (9-7) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Nov.
Lesley's Choice 50-1 (9-2) With leader, ridden over 2f out, weakened entering final furlong, 7th of 10, 8l behind Noverre To Go (9-4) at Wolverhampton 6f clm stks (6) pol in Nov.
Sonko (IRE) 7-1 (9-0) Made all, hard ridden over 1f out, ran on well, won at Lingfield 5f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Nov beating Millibar (9-2) by 1/2l, 9 ran.
Drawnfromthepast (IRE) 3-1fav (9-5) Tracked leaders, edged left over 2f out, soon driven to challenge, kept on same pace final furlong, 3rd of 9, 1l behind Sonko (9-0) at Lingfield 5f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Nov.
Haadeeth 7-1 (10-13) Held up towards rear, ridden inside final furlong, kept on and no impression, 6th of 9, 2 1/4l behind Ferdy (10-11) at Chester 6f am hcp 0-70 (5) gs in Sep.
Where's Reiley (USA) 9-1 (8-9) Dwelt outpaced and behind, ran on final furlong, nearest finish, 5th of 11, 7l behind Royal Bajan (8-12) at Southwell 5f hcp 0-85 (4) fbs in Nov.
Yurituni 12-1 (9-7) Mid-division, ridden halfway, weakened over 1f out, 9th of 10, 5l behind Sonko (9-7) at Lingfield 5f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Nov.
Above The Stars 7-1 (8-13) Tracked leaders, ridden 2f out, no extra inside final furlong, 5th of 11, 7l behind Another Citizen (9-2) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Nov.