DUKE OF DESTINY got off the mark when winning his handicap debut over 7f at this track in August. Breeding suggests he'll be even better over today's longer trip and Ed Walker's charge is taken to follow up. Derfenna Art and Whinging Willie are closely matched on latest running over C&D and The New Black is another with claims off his current mark. Whispering Warrior is worth a second glance in the betting on his first start since May and debut for a new yard while Holy Roman Warrior has joined Kevin Ryan but has yet to show any improvement for his tumble down the weights.
Duke Of Destiny (IRE) 6-4fav (8-13) Held up, headway on outer over 2f out, ridden to lead inside final furlong, edged left and ran on, won at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Aug beating Isingy Red (9-6) by 1 1/2l, 9 ran.
Whinging Willie (IRE) 4-1fav (9-3) Held up in last place, plenty to do 2f out, ridden and ran on final furlong, nearest finish, 3rd of 12, 2 1/2l behind Avertis (9-2) at Lingfield 1m hcp (0-65) (6) pol.
Holy Roman Warrior (IRE) 4-1 (9-4) Chased leaders, ridden over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 9, 9l behind Ingleby Angel (9-2) at Ayr 1m 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) hvy in Sep.
Darnathean 16-1 (8-11) Chased leaders, went 2nd over 3f out until over 2f out, ridden and no extra approaching final furlong, 6th of 12, 8l behind Mr Knightley (9-6) at Kempton 7f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol.
Derfenna Art (IRE) 12-1 (9-3) Led, ridden 2f out, headed and kept on inside final furlong, 2nd of 12, 3/4l behind Avertis (9-2) at Lingfield 1m hcp (0-65) (6) pol.
Whispering Warrior (IRE) 33-1 (9-3) Towards rear, ridden and headway approaching final furlong, kept on one pace, 6th of 14, 14l behind Mukhadram (9-3) at Newmarket 1m 3yo mdn (5) gf in May.
The New Black (IRE) 10-1 (8-6) Held up behind in touch, pushed along 3f out, soon ridden, kept on well final furlong, never nearer, 5th of 7, 2 1/4l behind Fairyinthewind (9-3) at Lingfield 1m fll hcp (0-75) (3yo+) (5) pol.
Mystical Witch 25-1 (8-10) Tracked leaders, ridden 2f out, weakened final furlong, 6th of 9, 4 1/2l behind Basle (9-2) at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.