Kakatosi held off a strong challenge from Clear Praise to win at Lingfield a fortnight ago. The latter re-opposes on better terms but it's too close to call between those two so a chance is taken on SEEK THE FAIR LAND. He ended last year below par but the multiple Polytrack winner scored off a higher mark at this time last year and this is easier than his recent tasks. Hamoody scored over the minimum trip here last time and may be best over 5f nowadays but Seeking Magic is not easily dismissed if running up to his best form.
Seek The Fair Land 12-1 (8-13) Held up mid-division, ridden over 1f out, one pace, 8th of 12, 5l behind Chapter And Verse (8-10) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Dec.
Kakatosi 4-1 (9-5) In touch, headway over 2f out, led over 1f out, ran on well, won at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Dec beating Clear Praise (9-4) by 1/2l, 7 ran.
Seeking Magic 6-4fav (8-11) Slowly away raced wide in rear, ran wide bend entering final 2f, ran on, never placed to challenge, 4th of 8, 3 1/2l behind Woolfall Sovereign (8-13) at Lingfield 5f hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Dec.
Clear Praise (USA) 5-2fav (9-4) Dwelt, behind, headway over 1f out, chased winner inside final furlong, kept on under pressure, 2nd of 7, 1/2l behind Kakatosi (9-5) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Dec.
Prince Of Burma (IRE) 6-1 (9-4) Tracked leader, every chance well over 1f out, soon driven and weakened, 7th of 10, 4l behind Kickingthelilly (9-2) at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Dec.
Hamoody (USA) 9-2 (9-7) Held up in rear, headway on outside over 1f out, ridden to lead inside final furlong, hung left, ran on well, won at Wolverhampton 5f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Dec beating Another Citizen (9-2) by 1 1/4l, 11 ran.
Showboating (IRE) 7-1 (9-1) Held up in rear, headway over 1f out, never on terms, 4th of 11, 3 1/2l behind Cockney Dancer (9-2) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Nov.
Da'quonde (IRE) 25-1 (9-0) Prominent on outside, ridden inside final 2f, kept on same pace, no impression from over 1f out, 6th of 13, 6l behind Cheveton (9-5) at Pontefract 5f hcp 0-85 (4) hvy in Oct.
Sole Danser (IRE) 9-2fav (9-2) Towards rear, ran on inside final furlong, unable to reach leaders, 9th of 12, 3 1/2l behind Ice Trooper (8-12) at Bath 6f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Sep.
Speightowns Kid (USA) 4-1 (9-7) Led narrowly, ridden 1f out, kept on until headed and no extra towards finish, 2nd of 10, nk behind Hot Sugar (9-1) at Lingfield 5f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Dec.