High draws and early pace have proved a winning combination on Lingfield's Turf track and BYRD IN THE HAND appears to have both of those attributes. A winner at Brighton following a series of near misses, the gelding may be good enough to defy a 5lb rise up the weights. Lady Crossmar has plummeted down the weights this term and Richard Hannon's filly stayed on well over a shorter trip at Chepstow last week. Substantivo is still a maiden after 12 starts though any confidence behind Tim Jarvis's gelding would make him very much of interest. Popping Candy has had fewer chances than most and while she clearly isn't the most straight forward of individuals, Roger Varian's filly should be staying on dourly when others have cried enough.
Eager To Bow (IRE) 8-1 (9-4) Held up towards rear, ridden and headway over 2f out, no extra inside final furlong, 5th of 7, 10l behind Mrs Warren (9-6) at Brighton 7f hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Jun.
My Manekineko 16-1 (9-5) Raced wide tracked leader, ridden to lead over 1f out, headed entering final furlong, kept on one pace, 3rd of 14, 4 1/2l behind Aomen Rock (9-7) at Kempton 1m hcp (0-65) (6) pol.
Darnathean 5-2fav (9-6) Tracked leaders, ridden over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 4th of 7, 7l behind Mrs Warren (9-6) at Brighton 7f hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Jun.
Substantivo (IRE) 4-1fav (11-0) Tracked winner, ridden and edged left 2f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 4th of 9, 3 1/2l behind Perfect Mission (10-12) at Salisbury 7f am hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Jun.
Byrd In Hand (IRE) 5-2fav (9-6) Tracked leaders and keen, ridden to lead over 1f out, kept on well towards finish, won at Brighton 1m hcp 0-55 (6) gf beating Hawk Moth (9-4) by 1 3/4l, 8 ran.
Lady Crossmar (IRE) 5-1 (9-4) Chased leader until before halfway, soon pushed along, rallied into 2nd inside final furlong, no chance with winner, 2nd of 6, 3 1/2l behind Double Czech (9-4) at Chepstow 6f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gf.
Belle Bayardo (IRE) 5-1 (9-9) Took keen hold on outside, steadied soon after start, ridden 2f out, stayed on inside final furlong, unable to challenge, 5th of 10, 3 1/2l behind Verus Delicia (9-12) at Brighton 6f hcp 0-60 (6) gf in Jun.
Encapsulated 16-1 (8-9) Outpaced, always behind, last of 9, 11l behind High On Life (9-12) at Lingfield 5f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Jun.
Popping Candy 3-1 (8-12) In rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, no impression final furlong, 3rd of 8, 5l behind Poetic Choice (9-4) at Salisbury 6f fll hcp (5) gf in Jun.
The Happy Hammer (IRE) 5-1 (10-9) Towards rear, ridden over 2f out, never on terms, 7th of 9, 8l behind Perfect Mission (10-12) at Salisbury 7f am hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Jun.
Strike A Light 3-1fav (9-4) Took keen hold chasing leaders, ridden and not quicken over 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, almost snatched 3rd, 4th of 12, 8l behind Choice Of Destiny (9-2) at Yarmouth 1m 3yo hcp 0-60 (6) gf in Jun.
Dancing Sal (IRE) 6-1 (9-0) Off the pace in mid-division, pushed along on outside over 2f out, weakened inside final 2f, 5th of 11, 7l behind Royal Caper (9-5) at Brighton 7f hcp 0-55 (6) gf.