It's dubious how many teenagers wearing black eye-liner will be skulking next to the racecourse at Southwell for the opening race; the I'm A Goth Nursery. MAKEYNN gets the vote having readily won when last seen on an artificial surface. Although the Fibresand is markedly different to the Polytrack at Wolverhampton, the heavy ground is likely to have put paid to the chances of Saeed Bin Suroor's option at Epsom last time and he is forgiven. He is the least exposed and having beaten Itzakindamagic before, we take the Godolphin runner to win. Mark Johnston's entry is certainly a danger having shown decent form since losing to Makeynn and this looks a favourable mark. Il Battista has won at the course before in August but was beaten comprehensively last time over a shorter trip to temper enthusiasm. Beating Harmony and My Mate Jake have more to find on their performances to date, whilst front-runner Suddenly Susan could take advantage if given an easy lead.
Makeynn 5-1 (9-7) Held up in touch, chased leaders over 4f out, weakened over 2f out, 6th of 8, 5l behind Time To Work (9-2) at Epsom Downs 1m 2yo hcp 0-85 (4) hvy in Oct.
Il Battista 9-2 (8-0) Bumped start, chased leaders, improved 4f out, ridden over 3f out, weakened 2f out, 6th of 8, 23l behind Magic Casement (9-3) at Chester 7f 2yo hcp 0-95 (3) gs in Sep.
Fred Willetts (IRE) 8-1 (9-4) Chased leaders, went 2nd 3f out, ridden and every chance over 1f out, chased winner and hung left inside final furlong, no impression and readily held, 2nd of 12, 1 1/4l behind Picabo (8-12) at Windsor 6f hcp 0-75 2yo (5) gf in Oct.
Itzakindamagic (IRE) 6-1 (9-4) Tracked leaders, ridden 3f out, kept on one pace from over 1f out, 4th of 17, 1 1/2l behind Unknown Rebel (8-7) at Pontefract 1m hcp 0-75 2yo (5) gd in Oct.
My Mate Jake (IRE) 17-2 (9-3) Pushed up to lead after 2f, ridden and headed over 1f out, driven and stayed on inside final furlong, 3rd of 17, 1 1/4l behind Unknown Rebel (8-7) at Pontefract 1m hcp 0-75 2yo (5) gd in Oct.
Suddenly Susan (IRE) 9-4 (8-12) Led, ridden 3f out, headed 1f out, kept on one pace, no chance with winner, 2nd of 9, 3l behind Top Care (9-3) at Southwell 1m 2yo mdn auc stks (6) fbs in Oct.
Beating Harmony 16-1 (8-12) Mid-division, pushed along over 3f out, headway over 1f out, ran on, no extra towards finish, 4th of 14, 2 1/4l behind Joyously (8-9) at Kempton 1m 2yo clm stks (6) pol in Sep.