Cold Harbour bounced back to his best at this venue last month when runner-up in a fairly competitive handicap for the level, and he has continued in good heart since, finishing placed on both subsequent runs. He again finished runner-up here last month, when he was beaten only a head over this course and distance, and he looks to have been found a good opportunity to resume winning ways here off what is a fair handicap mark.
The application of first-time cheekpieces could eke out further improvement, and he is readily preferred to Crimson King and Sea Sculpture, who are expected to battle it out for second.
Sam Brown was two from two in bumpers and struck over hurdles at the second attempt, impressing at Plumpton when winning by seven lengths. He proved far too good for his rivals on soft ground that day, going strongly in front and having an extra gear to call on, and these testing conditions will suit at Lingfield.
Anthony Honeyball’s charge has not been seen since that victory in December 2017 but he was an excellent prospect back then and has always looked a chaser in the making so he is worth taking a chance on, despite the lengthy absence.
Just Your Type won at Hexham on his return and was a good second at Kelso last time, so he is considered the main threat.
Falcao ran creditably to finish fourth over course and distance in November, despite appearing a little fresh and free after seven months off, and he was again a bit too keen for his own good when a respectable sixth at Lingfield a month later. He landed a claimer over this course and distance earlier in the year, however, and, with a couple of runs now under his belt this term, should be more than capable of making his presence felt in this field.