A few recent winners to consider but REGINALD CLAUDE makes the most appeal. He beat the in-form Bussa over track and trip last time giving the impression there was plenty more left in the tank and can defy a 3lb rise. Rich Again has plenty of scope after winning his handicap debut here last month and can figure again though Dixie Gwala is facing a stiffer task under a penalty having scored at this track during the week. Ivestar landed a seller at Wolverhampton last time but the likes of Frognal and Hadeeth are preferred.
Festival Dance 6-1 (9-8) Took keen hold, pressed winner until 2f out, soon lost 2nd, ridden over 1f out, weakened rapidly and eased inside final furlong, last of 11, 28l behind Two Turtle Doves (8-12) at Chepstow 5f hcp 0-70 (5) fm in Jul.
Fairy Wing (IRE) 8-1 (9-1) Held up in 5th, outpaced over 3f out, soon beaten, 5th of 6, 8l behind Dark Lane (8-9) at Kempton 6f clm stks 0-75 (6) pol.
Frognal (IRE) 8-1 (9-0) Held up in rear, headway on inside approaching final furlong, no extra closing stages, 3rd of 11, 1l behind Desert Strike (9-7) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-65 (6) pol.
Ivestar (IRE) 11-2 (9-7) In touch on outside, driven 2f out, ridden to challenge 1f out, led inside final furlong, kept on, won at Wolverhampton 6f sll hcp 0-60 (6) pol beating Adaeze (8-7) by 1/2l, 10 ran.
Rich Again (IRE) 5-1 (9-7) Slowly into stride in rear, ridden over 2f out, headway over 1f out, driven to lead inside final furlong, won at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Dec beating Mey Blossom (9-7) by 3/4l, 9 ran.
Reginald Claude 5-1 (9-1) Held up in rear, smooth headway over 1f out, ran on to lead last strides, won at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-60 (6) pol beating Bussa (9-6) by hd, 9 ran.
Liberal Lady 7-1 (9-3) Chased winner, driven 2f out, soon ridden and no impression, weakened well inside final furlong, 6th of 8, 7l behind Monumental Man (9-7) at Lingfield 5f hcp 0-65 (6) pol.
Haadeeth 12-1 (8-11) Mid-division on inside, headway inside final 2f, chased leaders when not much room 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 5th of 10, 2l behind Polar Venture (9-3) at Lingfield 6f hacp 0-70 (5) pol.
Loyal Royal (IRE) 14-1 (9-6) Held up in last pair, headway on inside over 1f out, ridden inside final furlong, stayed on to take 2nd near finish, not reach winner, 2nd of 8, nk behind Liberty Ship (9-7) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp 0-68 (6) pol.
Dixie Gwalia 6-1 (9-3) Made all, quickened over 2f out, hard driven over 1f out, ran on well, won at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-60 (6) pol beating Baby Dottie (9-1) by 3/4l, 7 ran.
Putin (IRE) 20-1 (8-7) Mid-division on outside, outpaced entering straight, soon lost place and behind, last of 10, 10l behind Polar Venture (9-3) at Lingfield 6f hacp 0-70 (5) pol.
Athaakeel (IRE) 16-1 (9-1) Led, headed over 3f out, chased winner to over 2f out, no impression in 3rd from over 1f out, 3rd of 4, 6l behind Homeboy (9-6) at Lingfield 6f sell stks (6) pol.