Feelin Foxy is better over the minimum trip and the same is probably true of Ebraam these days. Ray Of Joy has been unable to reproduce last month's winning form in two starts since and has a bit to find with Diriculous on their running behind Perfect Act here. The form of that race is working out well and the latter has subsequently scored at Wolverhampton where he beat Methaaly. VINTAGE races off a career high mark but went close to beating the progressive Anne Of Kiev at Lingfield last time and John Akehurst's charge gets the vote in a competitive sprint.
Feelin Foxy 7-1 (8-12) Went right start, chased leader, ridden and every chance over 1f out, kept on same pace, 4th of 6, 2 3/4l behind Arganil (9-7) at Southwell 5f hcp 0-95 (3) fbs.
Diriculous 4-1 (9-5) Held up in touch and keen, headway over 2f out, ridden and went 2nd over 1f out, led inside final furlong, held on well towards finish, won at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-85 (4) pol beating Methaaly (8-6) by 3/4l, 6 ran.
Ray of Joy 25-1 (9-7) Towards rear, kept on final furlong, no impression, 4th of 10, 6l behind Stratton Banker (8-10) at Kempton 5f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Ebraam (USA) 10-1 (9-7) Tracked leader, effort over 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 2nd of 7, 1 1/4l behind Feelin Foxy (8-11) at Kempton 5f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Dec.
Mister Laurel 8-1 (9-5) In rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, kept on same pace, no impression, 5th of 8, 10l behind Hazzard County (8-9) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Dec.
Lujeanie 3-1fav (9-5) In rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, went 3rd inside final furlong, kept on, 3rd of 6, 3l behind Diriculous (9-5) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Vintage (IRE) 6-1 (8-7) Raced freely, led, narrowly headed inside final furlong, still every chance until outpaced close home, 4th of 8, 3/4l behind Anne Of Kiev (9-6) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-95 (3) pol.
Methaaly (IRE) 9-2 (8-11) With leaders, led over 1f out, ridden, edged left and headed inside final furlong, no extra towards finish, lost 2nd last stride, 4th of 10, 2 1/4l behind Lucky Dan (9-1) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-80 (4) pol.
Lucky Mellor 12-1 (9-2) Raced wide, held up in last trio, never on terms, last of 8, 9l behind Kingsgate Choice (9-3) at Windsor 5f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Jun.
Dark Lane 15-2 (9-3) In touch, ridden over 2f out, edged left inside final furlong, kept on, 3rd of 10, 2l behind Lucky Dan (9-1) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-80 (4) pol.
Bahamian Lad 12-1 (9-3) In touch, lost place over 2f out, 11th of 12, 10l behind Swiss Cross (9-1) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Oct.
Clear Praise (USA) 5-4fav (9-7) Mid-division, ridden well over 1f out, ran on final 100 yards, nearest finish, 3rd of 8, 3/4l behind Waabel (9-4) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.