Smart Stat: £54.82 - John Butler's profit with horses running after a break since the start of the 2013 season
This looks relatively competitive with the unexposed Sun Hat holding obvious claims, but it could be worth chancing Tom’s Rock on return from a break for a trainer that can get them ready. His record at Lingfield is an encouraging one – has won twice over a mile and a quarter here – and Adam Kirby, who is very good round here, retains the ride. Tom’s Rock is on a good mark and could trouble the short-priced favourite.
Smart Stat: 2 - James Fanshawe's number of winners in past 9 runnings
Cuillin improved with each run in minor events this year, and looked the typical type to progress further on handicap debut at Kempton last time, her opening mark looking a lenient one, but she ultimately failed to do so. However, she wasn’t suited by the way that race developed, a modest pace putting the emphasis more on speed. With that in mind, she is well worth another chance from a 2 lb lower mark, for a yard with a good record in this race.
Smart Stat: £6.47#Hugo Palmer's profit with favourites since the start of the 2013 season
This doesn’t look the strongest race of its type and, Referee, who is bred to be smart – dam is an unraced half-sister to the high-class winner up to 1½m Sea Moon, out of smart 11.5f to 14.6f (Park Hill Stakes) winner Eva Luna – is expected to come on plenty for his debut at Kempton last month. He wasn’t given a hard time, running green at times, staying on slowly but surely, and he should be well up to winning a race of this nature.