POINT AT ISSUE found only the unexposed Laffan too good over C&D on New Year's Day. Dropped in class for this quick reappearance, Dandy Nicholls' charge looks the one to beat with a similar effort. Russian Bullet has been in fine form over the minimum trip, going close here in between a couple of wins at Wolverhampton, but Heidi's Delight looks the chief danger as she beat subsequent 5f winner Lady Nickandy, Misere Mei, Son Of May and Littlecote Lady when scoring over track and trip three weeks ago.
Point At Issue (IRE) 6-1 (8-8) Chased leaders, pushed along over 3f out, ridden to chase winner over 1f out, kept on and held towards finish, 2nd of 5, 1 3/4l behind Laffan (8-11) at Southwell 6f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) fbs.
Russian Bullet 13-8fav (8-9) Held up in 7th, headway on outside and edged right over 1f out, strong run to 2nd inside final furlong, ran on to lead close home, won at Kempton 5f 2yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Dec beating Littlesuzie (9-0) by 1/2l, 10 ran.
Miserere Mei (IRE) 14-1 (9-0) Led, headed 3f out, ridden over 2f out, kept on same pace, no impression with winner final furlong, 2nd of 9, 2 1/2l behind Heidi's Delight (8-7) at Southwell 6f 2yo hcp 0-60 (6) fbs in Dec.
Lady Nickandy (IRE) 5-2 (8-12) Always prominent, led halfway, ridden clear entering final furlong, ran on strongly, won at Southwell 5f 2yo sell stks (6) fbs in Dec beating Italian Ice (8-8) by 3 1/2l, 5 ran.
Heidi's Delight (IRE) 7-1 (8-7) Lost place start, behind on outside, headway 4f out, led 3f out, ridden over 1f out, stayed on well final furlong, won at Southwell 6f 2yo hcp 0-60 (6) fbs in Dec beating Miserere Mei (9-0) by 2 1/2l, 9 ran.
M J Woodward 5-1 (8-2) Dwelt, held up towards rear, headway halfway, outpaced over 2f out, kept on, never on terms, 5th of 8, 3l behind Man Of My Word (8-11) at Southwell 6f 2yo hco 0-75 (5) fbs in Dec.
Littlecote Lady 8-1 (9-2) Chased leaders, lost place 2f out, soon ridden, kept on same pace from over 1f out, never on terms, 5th of 9, 5l behind Heidi's Delight (8-7) at Southwell 6f 2yo hcp 0-60 (6) fbs in Dec.
Son Of May 5-1 (9-0) Chased leaders, ridden 2f out, stayed on under pressure inside final furlong to go 3rd towards finish, no impression, 3rd of 9, 3 1/2l behind Heidi's Delight (8-7) at Southwell 6f 2yo hcp 0-60 (6) fbs in Dec.
Burnwynd Spirit (IRE) 16-1 (8-13) Prominent, ridden halfway, every chance over 1f out, kept on one pace inside final furlong, 3rd of 7, 1 3/4l behind Claretintheblood (9-1) at Southwell 5f 2yo hcp 0-60 (6) fbs in Dec.
Well Wishes 14-1 (7-9) Led early, tracked leader, pushed along over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 3rd of 5, 8l behind Faraway (8-3) at Wolverhampton 6f 2yo clm stks (5) pol in Dec.