Ascendant returned to action with a second over C&D with The Lock Master not far away and Musnad and Lemon Drop Red further behind. He has claims along with recent Lingfield winner Alazan whose 3lb rise is negated by an apprentice's claim. Private Equity is a winner on the Flat in France and makes his debut for a leading jumps yard today but the vote goes to NOBLE SILK given he's suffered a couple of narrow margin defeats at Lingfield recently and is just preferred to Brimstone Hill.
Private Equity (FR) (9-2) 14th of 16, 4l behind Mon Desir (8-8) at Craon(FR) 1m 4f stk gs in Sep '11.
The Lock Master (IRE) 10-1 (9-9) Tracked leader, ridden over 2f out, every chance from over 1f out, keeping on when short of room inside final furlong, 4th of 10, 2 1/4l behind Flying Power (9-5) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Ascendant 11-1 (9-5) Tracked leaders, ridden to lead over 1f out, headed and hampered inside final furlong, carried right and snatched up near finish, 2nd of 10, 1 1/4l behind Flying Power (9-5) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
All The Winds (GER) 50-1 (9-3) Held up towards rear, pushed along over 3f out, weakened over 2f out, last of 8, 24l behind Sir Graham Wade (9-0) at Pontefract 1m 4f hcp 0-95 (3) gf in Aug.
Change The Subject (USA) 14-1 (9-9) Dwelt, behind, effort over 2f out, soon weakened, 9th of 10, 25l behind My Mate Jake (9-4) at Doncaster 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) sft in Oct.
Lemon Drop Red (USA) 10-1 (9-5) Held up, ridden over 2f out, not troubled leaders, 7th of 10, 5l behind Flying Power (9-5) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Mica Mika (IRE) 16-1 (9-7) Held up towards rear, ridden over 3f out, headway over 2f out, no impression inside final furlong, 6th of 13, 5l behind Miss Aix (9-7) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-80 (4) pol in Nov.
Alazan (IRE) 16-1 (8-13) Held up, ridden and headway over 1f out, driven and stayed on to lead towards finish, won at Lingfield 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) pol beating Emerald Wilderness (9-10) by nk, 9 ran.
Admirable Duque (IRE) 33-1 (9-0) Raced wide towards rear, headway over 3f out, ridden over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 7th of 9, 2 1/2l behind Focail Maith (9-4) at Lingfield 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Noble Silk 9-4fav (9-2) Tracked leaders, driven to lead inside final furlong, soon challenged, headed post, 2nd of 8, shd behind Wildomar (9-0) at Lingfield 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Musnad (USA) 12-1 (8-10) Very slowly away in rear, ridden over 2f out, kept on final furlong, nearest finish, 5th of 10, 2 3/4l behind Flying Power (9-5) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Brimstone Hill (IRE) 9-4fav (9-7) Steadied start, held up in 5th, good headway over 2f out, upsides and disputing lead from 2f out, rider dropped reins and edged right inside final furlong, stayed on, just pipped, 2nd of 7, shd behind Honour (9-3) at Kempton 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) pol.