Catalinas Diamond is a C&D winner and was only beaten a neck here last time. Another good run today is expected from a decent draw, though he has been raised 2lb. COMMANCHE was clearly expected to improve for the switch to Polytrack at Kempton as he went off favourite. That was only his second victory in 12 career starts but he may well have more to offer as he still looks well handicapped. Ian Burns claims 7lb off Bull Bay and he looks a danger to Patrick Chamings' three-year-old but Foot Tapper's best form is over 7f and the luckless Putin will be racing from out of the handicap again.
Catalinas Diamond (IRE) 10-1 (9-1) Tracked leaders on inside, headway to lead 1f out, soon ridden, kept on until headed and dropped to 3rd near finish, 3rd of 9, 1/2l behind Stepturn (9-0) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-70 (5) pol.
Commanche 7-2fav (9-5) Tracked leaders, switched right 2f out, led over 1f out, ran on well, won at Kempton 6f hcp 0-60 (6) pol beating Loyal Royal (9-5) by 1 3/4l, 11 ran.
Sweet Ovation 20-1 (9-2) Steadied and switched left start, switched right 2f out, always in rear, last of 8, 4 1/2l behind Links Drive Lady (9-10) at Folkestone 6f fll hcp (5) gf in Aug.
Bull Bay 7-1 (8-9) Chased leaders, led inside final 2f, soon ridden, headed entering final furlong, no extra, 5th of 12, 3 1/2l behind Belinsky (8-13) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-70 (5) pol.
Blue Deer (IRE) 8-1 (9-4) Mid-division on inside, headway 2f out, effort and every chance over 1f out, soon ridden, stayed on same pace final furlong, 5th of 12, 1 1/4l behind Patavium Prince (8-13) at Lingfield 7f hcp (0-65) (6) pol.
Foot Tapper 5-1 (9-3) Led, ridden and headed 1f out, kept on one pace, 3rd of 9, 3 1/2l behind Buckland (8-10) at Wolverhampton 6f mdn stks (5) pol in Nov.
Just Breathe (IRE) 33-1 (9-6) Slowly into stride, some modest late headway, 9th of 12, 10l behind Mr Knightley (9-6) at Kempton 7f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol.
Sextons House (IRE) 6-1 (8-13) Slowly away in rear, never a factor, 10th of 11, 11l behind Angelo Poliziano (9-4) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp (0-65) (6) pol.
Yungaburra (IRE) 10-1 (9-4) In touch, ridden 2f out, no impression, 6th of 12, 4l behind Flamborough Breeze (9-4) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-52 (6) pol in Oct.
Putin (IRE) 5-1 (8-3) Tracked leaders and keen, went 2nd approaching 2f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on, 2nd of 11, 3/4l behind Brown Pete (9-3) at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-60 (6) pol.