Fast Finian is 9lb higher than his win at Wolverhampton in September but is still improving judged on his latest second at the same track. He's not easily overlooked but HAAF A SIXPENCE is just preferred. The latter was having his first outing since May when third at Kempton last month and the dual Wolverhampton winner should improve enough to come out best in this. Crew Cut had both Bayleyf and Blue Jack behind when fourth here last time and makes more appeal than Patriotic.
Fast Finian (IRE) 11-4fav (9-4) Chased leaders on outside, challenged 2f out, soon led, joined inside final furlong, headed and not quicken final 110 yards, 2nd of 9, 1 1/4l behind Solar Deity (9-4) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Oct.
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.
Bayleyf (IRE) 14-1 (9-7) Held up in rear, headway over 1f out, never nearer, 6th of 10, 2 3/4l behind Kickingthelilly (9-2) at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Dec.
Haaf A Sixpence 6-1 (9-1) Tracked leader, ridden to challenge over 1f out, led inside final furlong, no extra and headed towards finish, 3rd of 14, 1 1/4l behind Head Of Steam (9-7) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Dec.
Crew Cut (IRE) 8-1 (9-0) Mid-division, headway over 1f out, soon ridden to challenge, kept on same pace final furlong, 4th of 10, 1 3/4l behind Kickingthelilly (9-2) at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Dec.
Patriotic (IRE) 7-1 (9-6) Chased leaders, ridden to challenge entering final furlong stayed on well, 4th of 10, 2l behind Aquilonius (9-1) at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Dec.
Blue Jack 20-1 (8-6) Led, headed inside final furlong, weakened quickly, 8th of 10, 4 1/2l behind Kickingthelilly (9-2) at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Dec.