UPAVON landed his maiden over course and distance last month when beating the re-opposing Hard Walnut with the rest nowhere. The latter has since franked the form with a victory of her own and David Elsworth's charge is fancied to continue winning ways on his handicap debut. Groove On scored on his first start handicapping at Wolverhampton and should be thereabouts again despite a 5lb rise, while Kempton maiden winner Panther Patrol may also figure. Lager Time is a dual course winner but upped in class today and may struggle to go the pace.
Upavon 7-4fav (9-5) Soon tracked leader, driven over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, challenged inside final furlong, stayed on to lead narrowly near finish, won at Lingfield 6f 3yo mdn stks (5) pol in Jan beating Hard Walnut (9-0) by nk, 7 ran.
Midnight Dream (FR) 7-2 (9-4) Tracked leaders, took keen hold, challenged over 2f out, bumped and carried left 1f out, led towards finish, edged right, headed post, 2nd of 9, ns behind Sewn Up (8-9) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Hard Walnut (IRE) 1-3fav (8-9) Made all, quickened clear over 1f out, pushed out, comfortably, won at Lingfield 6f mdn stks (5) pol beating Club Electra (8-9) by 4 1/2l, 7 ran.
Groove On (IRE) 11-4fav (9-7) Tracked leading trio until slightly lost place 2f out, headway on outside over 1f out, quickened to lead inside final furlong, soon clear, comfortably, won at Wolverhampton 6f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Jan beating Windforpower (9-7) by 1 3/4l, 7 ran.
Panther Patrol (IRE) 4-9fav (8-13) Tracked leaders in 3rd, went 2nd over 1f out, soon led, clear inside final furlong, eased towards finish, won at Kempton 5f mdn auc stks (5) pol in Jan beating Con Leche (8-13) by 4 1/2l, 4 ran.
Lager Time (IRE) 7-2fav (9-1) Held up towards rear and keen, pushed along over 2f out, headway on outer over 1f out, stayed on towards finish, just held, 2nd of 9, shd behind Boxing Shadows (9-2) at Wolverhampton 5f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) pol.