Kickingthelilly made the most of the drop in class at Lingfield last month when scoring by a neck. All four wins have been over 7f, however, and the revitalised LOWTHER is preferred. He was a ready winner over C&D on his latest start and with plenty in hand compared to his best handicap rating, Lee Carter's charge is taken to defy a 5lb rise. Loyalty has also tumbled down the weights but has shown no signs of improvement for it and Rugosa looks a bigger threat as his latest second over C&D was his first start since August. Ancient Greece and Copperwood look in the handicapper's grip and The Happy Hammer may struggle upped in class.
Kickingthelilly 20-1 (9-2) Mid-division, headway on outside over 1f out, ran on to lead close home, won at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Dec beating Warfare (8-10) by nk, 10 ran.
Lowther 10-11fav (9-5) Slowly away, tracked leaders over 6f out, led over 1f out, ridden and hung right inside final furlong, readily, won at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Dec beating Srinagar Girl (9-3) by 1 3/4l, 9 ran.
Loyalty 22-1 (8-10) Dwelt always in rear, wide into straight 2f out, last of 7, 7l behind Rakaan (8-11) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Nov.
Rugosa 10-3 (8-12) Held up in rear, headway when not clear run over 1f out, edged left under pressure inside final furlong, ran on, no chance with winner, 2nd of 9, 4 1/2l behind Gifted Girl (9-5) at Lingfield 1m fll hcp (4) pol in Nov.
Ancient Greece 5-1 (8-13) Mid-division, headway over 3f out, chased leaders over 2f out, kept on well closing stages, 3rd of 12, 2 3/4l behind Mawaakef (9-5) at Kempton 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Dec.
Copperwood 14-1 (8-13) Chased leaders, effort well over 1f out, faded final furlong, 4th of 8, 3l behind Kung Hei Fat Choy (9-0) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
The Happy Hammer (IRE) 12-1 (9-3) Dwelt, held up in rear, switched left inside final furlong, never dangerous, 9th of 12, 6l behind Light From Mars (9-4) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Sep.