Though nominally racing in the same grade as when beaten only a nose at Wolverhampton last week, STRIKE FORCE looks to have an easier task today. He beat both Viola da Gamba and Strewth when runner-up over C&D earlier and makes more appeal than Miss Blakeney. The latter had to be dropped back into maiden company to open her account and Resplendent Alpha is much more reliable having won a seller here last time. Simayill has struggled all year but does have the past form to figure if back to her best.
Strike Force 5-1 (8-9) Tracked leader, ridden over 2f out, led inside final furlong, headed near finish, 2nd of 5, ns behind Knowe Head (9-2) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f Handicap (0-78) (3yo+) (5) pol.
Cape Safari (IRE) 33-1 (9-0) Held up in 5th, outpaced 3f out, never on terms, 5th of 7, 14l behind Chookie Hamilton (9-7) at Wolverhampton 1m 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Miss Blakeney 1-8fav (8-12) Held up mid-division, headway on bit over 2f out, led over 1f out, hard held, won at Kempton 1m 4f mdn auc stks (6) pol beating Highly Likely (9-3) by 6l, 7 ran.
Simayill 14-1 (9-5) Tracked leaders, driven 2f out, ridden over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 8th of 13, 7l behind Whitby Jet (9-7) at Kempton 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) pol.
Resplendent Alpha 9-4 (9-4) Held up in touch, headway to chase leaders over 2f out, ridden to lead inside final furlong, just held on, won at Lingfield 1m 2f sell stks (6) pol beating Bert The Alert (9-9) by shd, 5 ran.
Strewth (IRE) 4-1 (9-9) Held up, weakened over 2f out, last of 14, 6l behind Thecornishcowboy (9-5) at Lingfield 1m 4f hcp (0-65) (6) pol.
Viola da Gamba (IRE) 10-1 (9-1) Keen in touch, effort 2f out, kept on one pace, 5th of 14, 2l behind Thecornishcowboy (9-5) at Lingfield 1m 4f hcp (0-65) (6) pol.
Let's Confer 100-1 (8-12) Steadied start keen in touch, progress over 3f out, ridden and kept on one pace final 2f, 4th of 7, 6l behind Omar Khayyam (9-3) at Lingfield 1m 4f mdn stks (5) pol.
Za'lan (USA) 12-1 (8-13) Mid-division, lost place halfway, tailed off, 10th of 11, 47l behind Nashville (9-2) at Lingfield 2m hcp 0-70 (5) pol.