With the New Year only just over a week old, Party Island landed a first win of 2021 for Keeper's Stables, making it two wins from his last three runs since November. Tony Killoran's strong chesnut gelding marked his turning to a four year old with his third career win, after his successes on Haydock Park soft ground over seven furlongs in July, and also taking out a Kempton Park all weather mile handicap in November. Off his raised mark Party Island was able to cope well with a step up to ten furlongs at Lingfield Park, under a very well judged ride from the highly promising claimer George Bass. Tracking the race favourite and leader for over a mile, Jo Tuite's triple mile winner Sophosc, George took Party Island into the lead stretching away with a strong run turning into the home straight. He lengthened well going up to the furlong pole, and kept on to good effect in always holding the late challenge of Hollie Doyle on five time course and distance winner Subliminal. By the line Party Island prevailed by a neck only, and he underlined his staying credentials and his polytrack performance once again. There is the possibility that he will do better still on the turf and good ground, which he has not raced on since his first two outings as a two year old.