Modernism scored here in October and has won three times subsequently. He's now 14lb higher than that first victory and has a tough task on his hat-trick attempt. Indian Jack overcame trouble in-running to catch Naaz over a mile a month ago but has gone up 6lb and rarely races beyond that trip. He was a long way behind today's rival SHAVANSKY at Kempton in November and, as Rod Millman's veteran is only 1lb higher and has run well in better class lately, he's taken to get back on the winning trail. Amanda Perrett's French import Moonday Sun, a winner four times in his native country, was having just his second start on the surface when runner-up to Rebellious Guest here last week and should improve enough to get involved in what looks a tight little handicap.
Moonday Sun (USA) 8-1 (9-7) Tracked leaders, every chance over 1f out, led inside final furlong, soon headed, kept on, 2nd of 11, 1 1/4l behind Rebellious Guest (9-2) at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-95 (3) pol.
Indian Jack (IRE) 5-1 (9-7) Held up in touch, headway under pressure 2f out, ridden and went 2nd inside final furlong, stayed on well to lead near finish, won at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Jan beating Naaz (9-3) by 1/2l, 10 ran.
Lowther 20-1 (8-4) Hood removed late and slowly away, held up in rear, headway under pressure on inside over 1f out, chased leaders inside final furlong, weakened final 110 yards, 8th of 10, 3l behind Robin Hoods Bay (9-7) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcap (2) pol in Jan.
Modernism 6-4fav (9-6) Held up towards rear, headway over 2f out, led inside final furlong, stayed on well, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Jan beating Like A Diamond (8-13) by 1 1/4l, 6 ran.
Shavansky 8-1 (8-3) Held up in last trio, not clear un briefly inside final 2f, headway over 1f out, strong run inside final furlong, finished well and went 4th close home, not reach leaders, 4th of 10, 1 1/2l behind Robin Hoods Bay (9-7) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcap (2) pol in Jan.
Karam Albaari (IRE) 5-1 (9-7) Tracked leaders, driven over 2f out, lost place over 1f out, soon weakened, 8th of 10, 13l behind Cayuga (9-4) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Jan.
Chapter And Verse (IRE) 25-1 (9-6) Tracked leader, led over 6f out, driven clear over 2f out to over 1f out, soon ridden and hard pressed, kept on, headed towards finish, lost 2nd final stride, 3rd of 10, 1 1/4l behind Cayuga (9-4) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Jan.
Patriotic (IRE) 16-1 (9-2) Chased leading pair, went 2nd over 2f out, no impression when ridden and lost 2nd over 1f out, chased leaders, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 8, 6l behind Rebellious Guest (9-2) at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Jan.