PRINCE CHARLEMAGNE is taken to reverse course and distance form with Purely By Chance with Coda Agency the most interesting of the remainder. Gary Moore's experienced campaigner has been in fine form this winter but is still competitive from his current mark as he showed when just over two lengths behind Purely By Chance here last time. He's 6lbs better off with Jeff Pearce's runner and reunited with George Baker who has a good record aboard the gelding who came home strongly last time having been held up a long way off a steady pace. Purely By Chance could struggle to confirm the form therefore but she is relatively unexposed and in fine form so has to be respected. Coda Agency has gone well fresh in the past so his absence isn't a concern, he's fairly treated and has winning form over course and distance whilst the booking of Jim Crowley bodes well as the pair have an excellent record together. Where's Susie and Isle De Maurice have each-way claims whilst Sahara Sunshine is one to keep an eye on in the market along with Lady Pilot and Mountain Forest who is bred to improve for this longer trip. Hughie Morrison's runner would be of particular interest if the market vibes were positive but we'll stick with Prince Charlemagne.
Prince Charlemagne (IRE) 7-2fav (10-0) Held up in rear, headway to mid-division over 2f out, stayed on into close 4th near finish, 4th of 14, 2 1/2l behind Purely By Chance (8-13) at Lingfield 2m hcp 0-65 (6) pol.
Lady Pilot 16-1 (9-11) Always towards rear, 11th of 14, 8l behind Purely By Chance (8-13) at Lingfield 2m hcp 0-65 (6) pol.
Coda Agency 8-1 (9-2) In touch, ridden over 6f out, soon lost touch, 10th of 11, well behind Gandalf (9-2) at Kempton 2m hacp 0-70 (5) pol in Sep.
Tavalu (USA) 11-2 (9-4) Mid-division, ridden 3f out, soon one pace and no further headway, 7th of 13, 6l behind Wind Flow (9-6) at Kempton 1m 4f clm stks (6) pol in Sep '08.
Mujamead 16-1 (10-5) Chased leaders, driven and outpaced over 4f out, soon ridden, kept on under pressure to go 2nd over 1f out, no extra and lost 2nd post, 3rd of 11, 7l behind William's Way (10-9) at Southwell 2m Amateur Handicap (0-65) (4yo+) (6) fbs.
Where's Susie 16-1 (9-1) Held up towards rear, pushed along 3f out, headway towards inside over 1f out, plugged on inside final furlong, 6th of 13, 3 1/2l behind Chalice Welcome (9-6) at Lingfield 1m 4f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Dec.
Sahara Sunshine 20-1 (9-8) Slowly into stride, in rear, wide into straight over 3f out, some headway soon after, driven and weakened over 1f out, 7th of 12, 13l behind Shesha Bear (9-10) at Lingfield 1m 3f hcp 0-70 (5) gs in Aug.
Isle de Maurice 3-1 (10-9) Held up, ridden, headway over 2f out, chased winner over 1f out, kept on, 2nd of 13, 2l behind Court Princess (10-13) at Lingfield 2m am hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Dec.
Purely By Chance 12-1 (8-13) Raced in 3rd early, close 3rd 5f out, in lead 2f out, in command near finish, won at Lingfield 2m hcp 0-65 (6) pol beating Honorable Endeavor (8-9) by 2l, 14 ran.
Royal Rainbow 5-2 (8-10) Prominent, took keen hold, ridden and beaten when not clear run just over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 10, 7l behind Fantasy Ride (8-13) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-52 (6) pol.
Trempari 16-1 (10-3) Led, headed over 5f out, chased leader until ridden, weakened 3f out, 7th of 13, 22l behind Court Princess (10-13) at Lingfield 2m am hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Dec.
Valkyrie (IRE) 4-1fav (8-11) Chased leaders, driven along and one pace final 2f, 4th of 13, 10l behind Private Equity (8-11) at Kempton 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-50 (7) pol in Nov.
Mountain Forest (GER) 6-1 (8-6) Tracked leader, led 10f out, ridden over 1f out, headed final 150 yards, no impression on winner when lost 2nd post, 3rd of 7, 1 1/4l behind Jiggalong (8-11) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Dec.
Free Falling 40-1 (8-1) Led, headed over 2f out, no impression final furlong, 6th of 10, 5l behind Winning Show (9-0) at Lingfield 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.