A trio of these are closely matched on recent running at the track with George Benjamin beating Munaawib a length here last month. The latter re-opposes on better terms and went on to win a seller here when just getting the better of Lutine Charlie, who is also weighted to reverse running at today's weights. With those already mentioned hard to separate, it could pay to take a chance on VICTORIAN NUMBER. Geoffrey Deacon's charge has been threatening to get his head in front at Lingfield of late and his earlier form on soft ground in France suggests he may well take to this surface.
Victorian Number (FR) 12-1 (9-3) Tracked winner, ridden 2f out, stayed on towards finish, 3rd of 12, 1 1/2l behind Perfect Haven (9-3) at Lingfield 7f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Dec.
Basingstoke (IRE) 11-1 (9-4) Held up in touch, pushed along 4f out, hung left 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 8th of 10, 14l behind Going Grey (8-8) at Newcastle 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Apr.
Fairy Wing (IRE) 33-1 (8-12) Chased leaders until ridden halfway, weakened final furlong, last of 11, 10l behind Thorpe Bay (8-11) at Southwell 5f hcp 0-75 (5) fbs in Dec.
Munaawib 5-2fav (9-10) Held up in touch in mid-division, headway on inside 2f out, chased leaders under pressure over 1f out, stayed on same pace in 3rd inside final furlong, 3rd of 12, 1 3/4l behind Blackthorn Stick (9-4) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
George Benjamin 5-4fav (9-3) Slow into stride in rear, pushed along 5f out, wide into straight over 2f out, headway over 1f out, edged left and soon led, ridden out, won at Southwell 7f hcp (6) fbs in Dec beating Munaawib (9-7) by 1l, 12 ran.
Star Up In The Sky (USA) 20-1 (8-11) Prominent, ridden over 3f out, soon lost place, 6th of 9, 12l behind George Fenton (9-4) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Sep.
Lutine Charlie (IRE) 8-1 (9-1) Led narrowly, driven 3f out, ridden 2f out, headed final 100 yards, kept on, 2nd of 6, 3/4l behind Munaawib (9-5) at Southwell 7f sll hcp 0-60 (6) fbs.
Mucky Molly 5-2fav (9-3) Soon led, headed narrowly over 4f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on same pace, no impression when lost 2nd inside final furlong, 3rd of 7, 4l behind Heidi's Delight (9-2) at Southwell 7f hcp 0-52 (6) fbs.