This sprint series is producing some inevitably tight-knit contests and this looks no exception with an 8lb range covering the entire field. Ron Harris gave Diamond Vine a decent break before returning his charge to the fray in early January, resulting in two much-improved efforts. He only went down narrowly to The Strig here last time and a repeat performance would see him go close from a decent draw. Kieren Fallon has teamed up successfully with Heather Main in the past and the combination is represented here by Beautiful Lando. The pair landed a seven furlong Wolverhampton handicap last season and should go well again, although this is the gelding's first attempt at sprint trips. Expect solid efforts from usual suspects such as Loyal Royal and Even Bolder with Nubar Boy also very much respected from the head of the weights.
Nubar Boy 14-1 (8-11) Behind, headway over 1f out, ran on final furlong, nearest finish, 3rd of 11, 3/4l behind Sulis Minerva (8-12) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Loyal Royal (IRE) 10-1 (8-11) Steadied in rear, headway over 1f out, never nearer, 9th of 11, 4l behind Sulis Minerva (8-12) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Beautiful Lando (FR) (9-2) 5th of 15 Dschahan (8-11) at Deauville(FR) 6f 3yo clm stks in Dec.
Even Bolder 6-1 (9-5) Towards rear, headway on outer over 3f out, ridden and weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 9, 5l behind Jimmy Ryan (8-9) at Lingfield 5f hcp 0-65 (6) pol.
Mister Green (FR) 12-1 (9-5) Held up in rear, headway on inside over 1f out, ran on, nearest finish, 3rd of 9, 1 1/2l behind Efistorm (9-0) at Lingfield 6f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Dec.
Efistorm 11-1 (8-10) Mid-division, headway over 1f out, stayed on final furlong, never on terms, 6th of 11, 3l behind Sulis Minerva (8-12) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Royal Intruder 25-1 (9-2) Led, ridden and pressed 2f out, headed over 1f out, weakened final furlong, last of 10, 8l behind Torres Del Paine (8-12) at Kempton 6f hacp 0-70 (5) pol.
Waabel 6-1 (8-8) Held up in rear, headway approaching final furlong, never on terms, 6th of 12, 2 3/4l behind Aldermoor (9-1) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Diamond Vine (IRE) 6-1 (8-10) Mid-division, headway over 1f out, ran on inside final furlong, never reached winner, 2nd of 11, 1/2l behind The Strig (9-3) at Lingfield 6f hacp 0-70 (5) pol.
Custom House (IRE) 20-1 (9-5) Always in rear, last of 12, 13l behind Captain Dimitrios (8-12) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-65 (6) pol.
Captainrisk (IRE) 50-1 (9-3) Behind, pushed along halfway, soon beaten, last of 12, 10l behind Speak The Truth (8-13) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-65 (6) pol.
Memphis Man 20-1 (8-10) Slowly into stride, always behind, 7th of 9, 15l behind Cape of Storms (8-12) at Wolverhampton 6f sell stks (6) pol.