Swiss Cross and Woolfall Sovereign have been taking it in turns to beat each other of late with the latter coming out best over 5f at Lingfield last time. Both look high enough in the weights now and a couple of these may reverse earlier form with Swiss Cross. Sulis Minerva is one of those but MEZZOTINT is preferred. Marco Botti's colt was heavily backed on his return to action but never threatened and gets a chance to make amends with that run under his belt. All Or Nothin has shown good progress this year and may get involved on his first start since scoring at Chester in September.
Swiss Cross 7-2 (9-12) Tracked leader, ridden to lead inside final furlong, soon headed, kept on, 2nd of 8, 1l behind Woolfall Sovereign (8-13) at Lingfield 5f hcp 0-95 (3) pol.
Piscean (USA) 28-1 (8-9) Always in rear, last of 7, 11l behind My Propeller (9-1) at Yarmouth 5f hcp 0-100 (2) gf in Sep.
Woolfall Sovereign (IRE) 7-1 (8-13) Held up, ridden and headway over 1f out, led inside final furlong, won at Lingfield 5f hcp 0-95 (3) pol beating Swiss Cross (9-12) by 1l, 8 ran.
Doctor Parkes 9-2 (9-6) With leader, ridden to lead inside final furlong, kept on well, won at Wolverhampton 5f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Sep beating Clear Praise (9-4) by 1l, 12 ran.
Mezzotint (IRE) 11-8fav (9-2) Soon behind, driven and headway on inside over 1f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on under pressure inside final furlong, never on terms, 7th of 9, 3l behind Swiss Cross (9-6) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-95 (3) pol.
All Or Nothin (IRE) 9-2 (9-4) Tracked leaders, ridden 2f out, led entering final furlong, rider dropped rein briefly, soon headed, led again towards finish, ran on, won at Chester 6f hcp 0-85 (4) hvy in Sep beating Green Park (9-0) by 1/2l, 10 ran.
Sulis Minerva (IRE) 20-1 (8-8) Chased leaders, driven and outpaced 2f out, stayed on under pressure on outside final furlong, no impression, 4th of 9, 1 1/4l behind Swiss Cross (9-6) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-95 (3) pol.
Master Bond 8-1 (9-5) Dwelt keen mid-division, headway under pressure entering final furlong, kept on towards finish, not trouble leaders, 4th of 11, 2 3/4l behind Fathsta (9-4) at Wolverhampton 6f Handicap (0-78) (3yo+) (5) pol.
Wicked Wench 20-1 (8-10) Tracked leaders, ridden over 1f out, soon weakened, 13th of 15, 11l behind Gladiatrix (8-2) at Bath 5f hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Oct.