Novabridge had both Charming and Molly Jones behind when scoring over C&D last time. Another bold bid is expected despite a penalty but FATHOM FIVE gets another chance. He showed signs of a return to form in a couple of starts at the end of last year and Gary Moore's charge may finally be ready to bring a long losing run to an end. Brandywell Boy has held his form since scoring at Kempton in November and is preferred to Steel City Boy and Lady Prodee of the rest.
Novabridge 4-1fav (9-6) Chased leaders, led over 1f out, ran on well, won at Lingfield 5f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Dec beating Charming (9-4) by 1 1/4l, 10 ran.
Fathom Five (IRE) 6-1 (9-4) Led, headed entering final furlong, no extra, 5th of 10, 2l behind Roy's Legacy (9-0) at Lingfield 5f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Dec.
Lady Prodee 12-1 (8-12) Pulled hard, chased leaders until lost place before halfway, soon behind, last of 7, 8l behind Ginzan (9-1) at Bath 5f flls hcp 0-80 (4) gs in Sep.
Charming (IRE) 12-1 (9-4) Dwelt, in touch, headway over 2f out, ran on final furlong, never reached winner, 2nd of 10, 1 1/4l behind Novabridge (9-6) at Lingfield 5f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Dec.
Steel City Boy (IRE) 28-1 (8-11) Chased leaders, effort over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 6th of 7, 3 1/2l behind Miss Bunter (9-5) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Molly Jones 8-1 (8-10) Chased leaders, every chance over 1f out, no extra close home, 5th of 10, 4l behind Novabridge (9-6) at Lingfield 5f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Dec.
Brandywell Boy (IRE) 6-1 (8-13) With leaders, pushed along 2f out, ridden and every chance 1f out, one pace when edged left and lost 3rd near finish, 4th of 9, 1 1/2l behind Pharoh Jake (9-0) at Lingfield 5f app hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Dec.
Sherjawy (IRE) 100-1 (9-0) Towards rear, ridden over 1f out, no impression, 5th of 6, 4l behind Drawnfromthepast (9-2) at Lingfield 5f clm stks (6) pol in Dec.