It took Itsthursdayalready four attempts to win off his old mark so a 6lb penalty for his recent Southwell success doesn't bode well for his chances here. Almaty Express and Radiator Rooney still have it in them to run a big race and the less exposed Lily Wood won her maiden in fine style here last month and is another to consider. However, a chance is taken on SPIRIT OF DIXIE. She failed to show her running in a couple of starts on the Fibresand recently but went close over 5f here before that and a return to this surface should see Dandy Nicholls' filly in a better light.
Itsthursdayalready 6-4fav (9-0) Went slightly right start, tracked leaders, headway towards stands' side over 2f out, ridden to lead inside final furlong, kept on, won at Southwell 6f hcp (0-55) (6) fbs beating Double Carpet (9-8) by 3/4l, 9 ran.
Spirit Of Dixie 25-1 (9-0) Dwelt and not much room start, in rear, ridden 4f out, weakened over 3f out, last of 9, 49l behind Feet Of Fury (8-13) at Southwell 7f sll hcp 0-60 (6) fbs.
Only A Game (IRE) 15-2 (9-1) Behind, reminders over 3f out, soon weakened, 7th of 8, 22l behind Talent Scout (9-0) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp (6) pol in Nov.
Almaty Express 6-1 (9-1) Towards rear, ridden halfway, never trouble leaders, 6th of 11, 10l behind Sharp Shoes (9-5) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Dec.
Lily Wood 15-2 (9-0) Held up towards rear, headway over 2f out, ridden to chase leaders over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong but not pace to challenge, 4th of 13, 4l behind Sirjosh (9-2) at Kempton 7f hcp (6) pol in Dec.
Radiator Rooney (IRE) 11-1 (8-7) Held up, ridden and headway on inside over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, not pace of leaders, 3rd of 9, 1 1/2l behind You'relikemefrank (9-11) at Lingfield 5f hcp 0-65 (6) pol.
Sweet Mirasol (IRE) 12-1 (8-13) In touch, ridden over 2f out, kept on inside final furlong, 3rd of 17, 2 3/4l behind Forever's Girl (9-3) at Redcar 6f hcp 0-55 (6) gf in Aug.
Gilderoy 20-1 (9-0) Mid-division, ridden over 2f out, soon lost place, 9th of 12, 7l behind Piccolo Express (9-1) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-50 (7) pol.
Grand Palace (IRE) 14-1 (8-10) Towards rear, ridden halfway, not trouble leaders, 9th of 10, 9l behind Mr Skipiton (9-2) at Lingfield 6f hcp (6) pol in Dec.
Rightcar 66-1 (8-9) Raced wide close up, chased winner over 3f out until ridden over 2f out, weakened 1f out, 7th of 8, 12l behind Super Frank (9-6) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Dec.
Brazilian Brush (IRE) 8-1 (8-7) Driven to lead, headed 3f out, soon ridden, kept on same pace, weakened final furlong, 7th of 9, 12l behind Itsthursdayalready (9-0) at Southwell 6f hcp (0-55) (6) fbs.