DARNATHEAN looks to have every chance of landing a hat-trick in this company. He's up 7lb for his latest win over track and trip but scored by over three lengths and should prove hard to beat once again. Decent Fella showed signs of a resurgence at Catterick a fortnight ago having slipped down the weights while Eager To Bow has a recent run under his belt and looks reasonably handicapped on last season's form. The remainder are all struggling at present although the likes of Menelik and My Learned Friend are expected to improve after recent comeback runs.
Chiswick Bey (IRE) 50-1 (9-5) In rear, never a factor, 13th of 18, 14l behind Red Seventy (9-3) at Newmarket 7f hcp 0-80 (4) gf in May.
Eager To Bow (IRE) 8-1 (9-7) In rear, ridden 2f out, never near leaders, 8th of 11, 6l behind Pategonia (9-4) at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Halling Dancer 14-1 (9-5) Led, ridden and headed 2f out, weakened quickly over 1f out, 7th of 9, 17l behind Legendary (9-7) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Shifting Star (IRE) 33-1 (8-10) Held up in mid-division on inside, headway on inner 2f out, staying on when not clear run on rails and switched left 1f out, soon hampered and eased, 7th of 11, 9l behind Restaurateur (9-6) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-80 (4) pol.
Darnathean 5-2fav (9-5) Tracked leader, led over 1f out, soon ridden and kept on well inside final furlong, won at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-65 (6) gf beating Takitwo (9-1) by 3 1/2l, 10 ran.
My Learned Friend (IRE) 20-1 (9-2) Behind, outpaced 2f out, never on terms, weakened final furlong, last of 8, 9l behind Maria Montez (8-5) at Salisbury 6f app hcp (5) gd.
Dana's Present 13-2 (9-7) In rear, ridden halfway, soon weakened, tailed off, last of 10, 26l behind Point North (9-2) at Nottingham 6f hcp 0-70 (5) sft in May.
Decent Fella (IRE) 9-1 (8-6) Mid-division, headway over 2f out, chased leaders inside final furlong, never able to challenge, 3rd of 11, 3/4l behind West Leake Hare (8-3) at Catterick 7f hcp 0-80 (4) gf.
Menelik (IRE) 5-2fav (8-12) Took keen hold in mid-division, effort on inside over 1f out, never on terms, 5th of 9, 3 1/2l behind Copperwood (9-2) at Lingfield 1m hacp 0-70 (5) pol in May.
Warbond 7-1 (9-2) Slowly away, towards rear, headway centre over 2f out, soon ridden and beaten, 8th of 13, 9l behind Pink Lips (9-5) at Lingfield 1m hcp (6) sft in May.