Footlight scored over a mile at Southwell last month and ran well again at the same track when runner-up last time. Fine Example competed in Class 4 maiden races last term and makes his handicap debut while MR ORANGE was handicapping for the first time when third in heavy ground at Redcar on his return to action. Upped in trip for this, Paul Midgley's charge may prove good enough. Freeze A Crowd and Mr Lucas have both placed on the all-weather this year while Little Pippin won a seller at Nottingham in October and this is not much tougher.
Footlight 5-2 (9-6) In touch in rear, headway entering final 3f, stayed on to go 2nd inside final furlong, no threat to winner, 2nd of 8, 1 1/2l behind Palpitation (9-10) at Southwell 1m hcp (6) pol in Mar.
Fine Example 25-1 (9-5) Mid-division, headway to chase leaders over 1f out, kept on to take 3rd inside final furlong, 3rd of 11, 7 3/4l behind Yorkee Mo Sabee (9-5) at Pontefract 6f mdn stks (4) gd in Sep.
Mr Orange (IRE) 14-1 (9-0) In touch, ridden over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 3rd of 13, 2 1/2l behind Tricky Dicky (8-8) at Redcar 6f hcp (6) hvy in Mar.
Moi Aussie 50-1 (9-4) Led, headed over 1f out, faded inside final furlong, 7th of 14, 5l behind Herridge (9-5) at Kempton 7f (6) pol in Oct.
Little Pippin 20-1 (8-7) Towards rear, headway over 3f out, every chance over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, soon weakened, 6th of 12, 24 1/4l behind Walsingham Grange (9-6) at Nottingham 1m 2f hcp (5) hvy in Apr.
Wotabond 16-1 (8-3) Outpaced, ridden halfway, never near leaders, 7th of 10, 5 1/4l behind Kingsley Klarion (9-3) at Chelmsford City 6f (6) pol in Nov.
Mr Lucas (IRE) 33-1 (8-7) Led, headed over 4f out, led again 3f out, ridden and headed entering final 2f, kept on one pace, lost 2nd inside final furlong, 3rd of 8, 3l behind Palpitation (9-10) at Southwell 1m hcp (6) pol in Mar.
Miss Popov 50-1 (8-6) Towards rear, ridden over 2f out, some headway final furlong, no impression, 8th of 12, 4 1/2l behind Secret Interlude (8-7) at Wolverhampton 6f (6) pol in Nov.
Blagger 150-1 (9-5) Raced wide close up, pushed along halfway, ridden and kept on same final 2f, 4th of 8, 12 3/4l behind Indian Pursuit (9-5) at Catterick 6f mdn stks (6) sft in Oct.
Freeze A Crowd (IRE) 8-1 (8-7) Tracked leader, ridden over 2f out, every chance entering final furlong, not quicken towards finish, 4th of 8, 2 1/4l behind Birrafun (9-0) at Southwell 6f hcp (6) pol in Mar.