Marmot Bay has won three times in her career, all over this track and trip. She very nearly added a Lingfield victory to that score on Saturday, just failing to hold off the late challenge of Windforpower, and as that was over the minimum trip the winner, who is better over today's distance, can confirm the form. However, he was put in his place by HIDDON COIN when they met here earlier this month and David O'Meara's charge, who was returning from a long break, looks to have plenty going for him and is handed the vote. Hillbilly Boy scored at Ripon last May and is taking a drop in grade so shouldn't be dismissed.
Hiddon Coin (IRE) 13-8 (9-0) Made virtually all, ridden and hard pressed when edged right over 1f out, stayed on under pressure towards stand side rail final furlong, won at Wolverhampton 6f Classified Claiming Stakes (0-75) (3yo) (5) pol beating Windforpower (8-6) by 2l, 4 ran.
Hillbilly Boy (IRE) 25-1 (9-0) Pressed leader on outside after 1f, ridden and effort over 2f out, kept on same pace, weakened final furlong, last of 5, 9l behind Club House (8-0) at Lingfield 1m 3yo hcp (4) pol.
Claude Greenwood 5-1 (9-0) Close up, ridden over 2f out, weakened final furlong, last of 5, 7l behind Marmot Bay (8-5) at Wolverhampton 6f 2yo clm stks (6) pol in Nov.
Elusive Thought 3-1 (9-7) Led early, tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, last of 9, 14l behind Good Speech (9-4) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 2yo hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Dec.
Windforpower (IRE) Evensfav (8-6) Chased leading pair, went 2nd on inside well over 1f out, travelling well but rider delayed challenge inside final furlong until driven ahead final strides, won at Lingfield 5f 3yo clm stks (6) pol beating Marmot Bay (7-12) by hd, 4 ran.
Hester Street 33-1 (9-0) Dwelt, soon detatched in rear, tailed off, last of 7, well behind Upavon (9-5) at Lingfield 6f 3yo mdn stks (5) pol.
Marmot Bay (IRE) 8-1 (7-12) Awkward leaving stalls and raced awkwardly, led, ridden over 1f out, ran on, headed final strides, 2nd of 4, hd behind Windforpower (8-6) at Lingfield 5f 3yo clm stks (6) pol.
Scoobys Girl (IRE) 20-1 (8-13) Towards rear, outpaced 2f out, never dangerous, 10th of 11, 11l behind Hazard Warning (9-0) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp (0-55) (6) pol.