BALTI'S SISTER landed a double over C&D at the end of last year and her latest 6lb rise is negated by an apprentice's claim. Terry Clement's filly looks to have strong claims of landing a hat trick in this. Roy The Boy continues to run well without getting his head in front and it could be a similar story today while Copperwood is hard to catch right but capable of popping-up at this level. Atlantis Crossing is upped in class after scoring at Kempton and Polar Kite's recent win came in a claimer at the same track. Kung Hei Fat Choy looks best of the rest.
Decent Fella (IRE) 10-1 (9-7) Tracked leader, driven to challenge over 2f out, led over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, kept on same pace, 5th of 8, 2 1/2l behind Cut Across (8-13) at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Dec.
Atlantis Crossing (IRE) 6-1 (9-6) Slowly into stride, held up in rear, travelling well when not clear run and switched to outside over 1f out, strong run to lead final 120 yards, won going away, won at Kempton 7f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Dec beating Haftohaf (9-7) by 2l, 9 ran.
Kung Hei Fat Choy (USA) 5-4fav (9-0) Tracked leaders, every chance over 1f out, faded final furlong, 6th of 8, 3l behind Cut Across (8-13) at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Dec.
Polar Kite (IRE) 6-1 (8-13) With leader, led over 3f out, clear 1f out, held on well towards finish, won at Kempton 7f clm stks (5) pol in Dec beating Only Ten Per Cent (9-1) by 1l, 7 ran.
Al Khan (IRE) 9-1 (9-3) Tracked leaders, effort over 2f out, soon one pace, 4th of 6, 5l behind Light From Mars (8-12) at Wolverhampton 7f clm stks (6) pol in Dec.
Copperwood 13-2 (8-11) Keen to post, chased leaders, ridden 3f olut, soon weakened, behind and eased over 1f out, last of 16, 25l behind First Post (9-1) at Goodwood 1m hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Oct.
Roy The Boy (USA) 2-1fav (9-3) Tracked leader, every chance approaching final furlong, soon one pace, 3rd of 11, 2l behind On The Hoof (8-12) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Dec.
Balti's Sister (IRE) 15-8 (9-4) In touch in rear, headway on outer from over 1f out, led inside final furlong, ran on, won at Wolverhampton 7f fll hcp (0-75) (3yo+) (5) pol in Dec beating Travelling (9-1) by 2 3/4l, 7 ran.
Fantasy Gladiator 14-1 (9-2) Always behind, 7th of 10, 5l behind Aquilonius (9-1) at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Dec.