Whipphound's recent course win came over 7f and he's upped in the weights along with Queen Hermione. The latter won her maiden at Chepstow last month and though open to further progress, she'll need to improve again. The last time William Buick partnered SWEET OVATION they tasted success at Lingfield. This looks no tougher despite a 4lb higher mark and Mark Usher's filly gets the nod. The veteran course and distance winners Almaty Express, Loyal Royal and Dancing Welcome are all capable of popping up at this level on their day.
Whipphound 4-1fav (9-7) Steadied start, held up towards rear, headway on outside over 2f out to chase leaders, quickened to lead entering final furlong, ridden clear well inside final furlong, driven out, won at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Jun beating Penbryn (9-11) by 2 1/4l, 11 ran.
Dancing Welcome 16-1 (9-3) Chased leaders, pushed along 3f out, weakened well over 1f out, 10th of 14, 19l behind Lightning Spirit (9-7) at Brighton 1m hcp 0-55 (6) gf in Jun.
Maltease Ah 11-4fav (9-1) Chased leader, driven halfway, weakened 2f out, 8th of 14, 7l behind Spitfire (9-4) at Southwell 6f hcp (0-65) (6) fbs in Nov.
Irish Boy (IRE) 11-2 (10-0) Mid-division, ridden over 1f out, soon weakened, 7th of 9, 12l behind China Excels (9-4) at Beverley 5f hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Jun.
Little Jimmy Odsox (IRE) 8-1 (9-9) Mid-division, ridden over 1f out, no impression, 9th of 16, 9l behind Bondi Beach Boy (9-6) at Beverley 5f hcp 0-60 (6) gf.
Loyal Royal (IRE) 25-1 (9-4) Held up, switched right to outside over 1f out, no headway and eased in closing stages, 8th of 9, 3l behind Nafa (9-4) at Lingfield 5f hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Jun.
Diamond Vine (IRE) 20-1 (9-2) In touch, ridden over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 9th of 14, 6l behind Verus Delicia (9-4) at Chepstow 6f hcp 0-65 (6) gf.
Sweet Ovation 20-1 (9-6) Always towards rear, 7th of 10, 6l behind Clearing (9-2) at Lingfield 6f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Jun.
Queen Hermione (IRE) 18-1 (8-2) Chased leaders, headway and squeezed through over 2f out, ridden to chase leader over 1f out, led inside final furlong, ran on well, won at Chepstow 6f mdn hcp 0-70 (5) gs in Jun beating Farmers Dream (8-9) by 2 3/4l, 9 ran.
The Great Gabrial 12-1 (9-7) Slowly into stride, held up towards rear, headway on outside over 2f out, chased leading pair inside final 2f, driven and stayed on same pace final furlong, 3rd of 11, 2 1/4l behind Devon Diva (8-7) at Bath 1m hcp 0-55 (6) fm.
Code Six (IRE) 8-1 (9-3) Close up, weakened over 2f out, tailed off, last of 15, 23l behind Jubilant Queen (9-6) at Nottingham 6f hcp 0-65 (6) gd in Jun.
Novalist 14-1 (9-2) Tracked leaders, ridden over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 9th of 16, 7l behind Iceblast (9-7) at Thirsk 6f hcp 0-60 (6) gd in Jun.
Almaty Express 25-1 (9-7) Led, headed over 4f out, weakened over 1f out, 11th of 13, 14l behind Hab Reeh (9-13) at Hamilton 6f am hcp 0-60 (6) gf in Jun.