ROBIN HOODS BAY will have come on for a recent pipe-opener over a mile here and looks to have very chance of repeating last year's victory in this. He's better off at the weights with the runner-up Strictly Silver this time round and also had Tinshu well behind last year. Captain Cat looks a threat on his recent form over 8f but was was well beaten when attempting today's trip at Newmarket in August. Stepping Ahead ended last season with victory at Doncaster but that came in soft ground and Lowther is preferred back over a more suitable shorter distance. He's closely matched with Shavansky on earlier form at Kempton while Halfsin has the beating of Stevie Thunder on their running at the same track. Today's longer trip is a worry for Loyalty and Come On Blue Chip, who could have both been better drawn.
Strictly Silver (IRE) 5-1 (9-7) Tracked leader, lost place over 2f out, eased over 1f out, 10th of 12, 8l behind Birdman (8-10) at Lingfield 1m hcap (2) pol.
Robin Hoods Bay 4-1 (9-0) Slowly into stride, tracked leaders, hard driven over 2f out, weakened approaching final furlong, last of 6, 6l behind Grey Mirage (9-0) at Lingfield 1m cnd stks (4yo+) (2) pol.
Captain Cat (IRE) 11-8fav (9-4) Led early, chased leaders, ridden over 1f out, kept on towards finish, 2nd of 10, 1/2l behind String Theory (9-0) at Kempton 1m hcp (2) pol in Dec.
Stepping Ahead (FR) 25-1 (9-1) Led, clear over 3f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on well, driven out, won at Doncaster 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) sft in Oct beating Madame Vestris (8-7) by 1 1/2l, 8 ran.
Tinshu (IRE) 6-1 (9-7) Held up in touch, headway over 2f out, led over 1f out, strongly challenged inside final furlong, headed last strides, 2nd of 8, nk behind Swing Alone (9-4) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp 0-95 (3) pol.
Lowther 8-1 (9-8) Tracked leaders, ridden 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 7, 6l behind Modernstone (8-10) at Lingfield 1m 4f hcp (2) pol in Dec.
Come On Blue Chip (IRE) 6-1 (9-4) Tracked leader, lost 2nd place over 1f out, no extra, 3rd of 4, 7l behind Jakkalberry (9-11) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f cnd stks (4yo+) (2) pol.
Loyalty 12-1 (8-4) Held up in rear, headway over 1f out, never dangerous, 8th of 12, 5l behind Birdman (8-10) at Lingfield 1m hcap (2) pol.
Shavansky 20-1 (7-11) Mid-division, switched outside and headway to join leader over 6f out, led inside final 2f, ridden and headed inside final furlong, faded final 50 yards, 6th of 14, 4l behind Castilo Del Diablo (8-9) at Lingfield 1m 4f hcap (2) pol.
Halfsin (IRE) 20-1 (8-2) Led, driven over 3f out, headed inside final 2f, soon lost place, weakened final furlong, 12th of 14, 26l behind Castilo Del Diablo (8-9) at Lingfield 1m 4f hcap (2) pol.
Stevie Thunder 16-1 (8-10) Tracked winner, effort and every chance 2f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on same pace, well held inside final furlong, 2nd of 7, 2 1/2l behind Halfsin (8-13) at Kempton 1m 3f hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Dec.