DARK PROMISE makes plenty of appeal. Backed to land the odds over C&D last time, she duly obliged under a terrific ride from Jimmy Fortune and the way she idled in front once clear suggests there is more in the tank. Michael Jarvis's filly rates the selection ahead of Dubai Crest, who bounced back to form when a close-up second at Kempton a week ago finishing ahead of The Which Doctor and Stand Guard. Farleigh House and Bedouin Bay may need a longer trip to show their best and though King's Colour has done all his winning so far over shorter distances, he cannot be easily dismissed.
The Which Doctor 9-2 (9-7) Mid-division on outside, rapid headway to join leaders over 6f out, went 2nd over 3f out, challenged and upsides 2f out, ridden and every chance until inside final furlong, weakened final 100 yards, 6th of 11, 1 3/4l behind Franco Is My Name (9-0) at Kempton 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Dubai Crest 14-1 (9-7) In touch in 5th, good headway on inside over 1f out, strong challenge well inside final furlong, just failed, 2nd of 11, shd behind Franco Is My Name (9-0) at Kempton 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Farleigh House (USA) 15-8fav (9-6) In touch, good headway to track leading pair 2f out, hard ridden and unable to quicken over 1f out, stayed on under pressure inside final furlong, finished well to take 2nd near finish, not reached winner, 2nd of 13, nk behind Ithinkbest (9-0) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Oct '09.
King's Colour 6-1 (9-5) Held up towards rear, headway on outside 2f out, never on terms, 7th of 11, 3l behind Follow The Flag (8-9) at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Nov.
Stand Guard 13-2 (9-1) Dwelt, held up in rear, headway over 2f out, stayed on inside final furlong, never going pace to reach leaders, 5th of 11, 1 1/4l behind Franco Is My Name (9-0) at Kempton 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Dark Promise 8-13fav (9-5) Slowly into stride, soon tracking leader, driven to lead over 2f out, soon clear, idled inside final furlong, ridden out, won at Lingfield 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) pol in Nov beating Fonterutoli (8-13) by 1/2l, 5 ran.
Bedouin Bay 7-1 (8-12) Held up mid-division on outer, took keen hold and soon tracked leaders, ridden over 1f out, chased winner inside final furlong until no extra last 50 yards, 3rd of 9, 1 1/2l behind Kiss A Prince (9-4) at Lingfield 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Lingfield Bound (IRE) 14-1 (9-5) Held up in touch, hard driven and effort over 1f out, chased leader entering final furlong, stayed on to lead close home, won at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Nov beating Room For A View (9-1) by 3/4l, 13 ran.