AMITOLA is still improving judged raceon the way he made all over C&D three weeks ago. He's 3lb higher today but can follow up as David Barron's charge recorded a faster time than the other handicap over track and trip at the same meeting in which Wilfred Pickles was runner-up. The latter had Judd Street and Ivory Silk behind on that occasion but his previous wins at this track have been over a furlong further. Young Dottie also won over a mile here last time but she's closely matched with third-placed Chevise, while dual Kempton winner Numeral has gone up in the weights again for finishing runner-up on his latest start.
Amitola (IRE) 4-1fav (9-4) Made virtually all, ridden and hard pressed inside final 2f, stayed on well to go clear final 100 yards, won at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Nov beating Novellen Lad (9-7) by 1 1/4l, 11 ran.
Wilfred Pickles (IRE) 17-2 (9-5) Mid-division, headway over 1f out, soon ridden, stayed on inside final furlong to chase winner final 75 yards, always held, 2nd of 12, 2l behind Seek The Fair Land (9-7) at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Nov.
Judd Street 10-3 (9-5) Slowly into stride, held up towards rear, headway 2f out, soon chasing leaders, kept on same pace, 3rd of 10, 4l behind Lujeanie (9-4) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Numeral (IRE) 5-2fav (8-13) Tracked leaders, headway 2f out, soon ridden to chase leading pair, stayed on well under pressure inside final furlong, went 2nd post, just held, 2nd of 14, 1/2l behind Iron Step (9-4) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Nov.
Ghostwing 50-1 (9-5) Led, headed narrowly inside final 2f, lost place entering final furlong, soon weakened, 11th of 12, 9l behind Seek The Fair Land (9-7) at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Nov.
Chilli Green 33-1 (9-0) Tracked leader, ridden over 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 10th of 19, 7l behind Red Gulch (9-8) at Goodwood 1m hcp 0-90 (3) gd in Jul.
Reposer (IRE) 20-1 (9-2) Led, ridden and headed well over 2f out, soon lost place and behind, 11th of 14, 19l behind Iron Step (9-4) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Nov.
Chevise (IRE) 12-1 (8-13) Tracked leaders on outer, ridden to chase leader 2f out, stayed on final furlong, 3rd of 11, 3/4l behind Young Dottie (8-7) at Lingfield 1m fll hcp (4) pol in Nov.
Viva Ronaldo (IRE) 8-1 (9-7) Always behind, 9th of 13, 10l behind Hacienda (8-13) at Chester 1m hcp 0-90 (3) gd in Sep.
Ivory Silk 10-1 (9-0) Held up in rear, driven and headway on wide outside inside final 2f, soon ridden, kept on inside final furlong, never nearer, 7th of 12, 4 1/2l behind Seek The Fair Land (9-7) at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Nov.
Young Dottie 14-1 (8-7) Close up, ridden over 1f out, led inside final furlong, stayed on, won at Lingfield 1m fll hcp (4) pol in Nov beating Emma's Gift (8-11) by 1/2l, 11 ran.
Time Medicean 15-2 (8-8) Tracked leader, ridden over 1f out, weakened towards finish, 7th of 17, 2 1/4l behind Amenable (9-5) at Pontefract 5f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Oct.
Titan Triumph 33-1 (9-0) Tracked leader to over 3f out, outpaced over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 10th of 11, 12l behind Amitola (9-4) at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Nov.
Prince Of Burma (IRE) 8-1 (8-12) Behind, outpaced over 2f out, headway under pressure over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, nearest finish, 4th of 11, 3 1/2l behind Amitola (9-4) at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Nov.