BUSSA can continue his winning ways having landed a treble over 7f when scoring here a week ago. David Evans' charge has a penalty to contend with but neither Spartic nor Lady Mango got anywhere near him last time. Reginald Claude scored over C&D last month and looks the biggest threat as neither Sannibel or Christopher Chua have shown any recent improvement despite slipping down the handicap. Chjimes occasionally pops-up at this level but is drawn wide today.
Lady Mango (IRE) 8-1 (9-7) Mid-division, headway over 3f out, chased leaders over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 8th of 10, 8l behind Bussa (9-3) at Lingfield 7f app hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Sannibel 14-1 (9-6) Tracked leaders, ridden when not much room over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, 4th of 11, 4 1/2l behind Commanche (9-5) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Dec.
Reginald Claude 7-2fav (9-2) Held up in touch, smooth headway over 1f out, led inside final furlong, redily, won at Lingfield 6f hcp (6) pol in Dec beating Putin (8-7) by shd, 11 ran.
Bussa 4-6fav (9-3) Always prominent, led over 2f out, driven clear inside final furlong, stayed on well, won at Lingfield 7f app hcp 0-60 (6) pol beating Cuthbert (8-1) by 1 1/2l, 10 ran.
Spartic 8-1 (9-2) Set steady pace until quickened over 3f out, headed over 2f out, soon rallied, no extra closing stages, 3rd of 10, 5l behind Bussa (9-3) at Lingfield 7f app hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Le King Beau (USA) 33-1 (9-0) Chased leaders, effort 2f out, soon outpaced, last of 5, 5l behind Dark Lane (9-6) at Lingfield 6f sell stks (6) pol in Dec.
Imaginary Diva 5-1 (9-4) Mid-division, headway over 1f out, chased leaders inside final furlong, never able to challenge, 4th of 9, 1l behind Johnny Splash (8-4) at Lingfield 5f sll hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Chjimes (IRE) 5-1 (8-12) Chased leaders, effort over 1f out, soon no impression, 6th of 10, 5l behind Novabridge (9-6) at Lingfield 5f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Dec.
Christopher Chua (IRE) 17-2 (9-0) In touch, headway to chase leaders over 2f out, every chance inside final furlong, kept on same pace, 3rd of 8, 2 1/2l behind Sandy Lane (9-6) at Wolverhampton 6f stks 0-55 (6) pol in Dec.
Exkaliber 25-1 (8-10) Always behind, 8th of 10, 12l behind Liberal Lady (9-3) at Lingfield 5f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Dec.