The lightly-raced Summerfree produced a much better effort at Southwell last Tuesday and could be on the upgrade. If he reproduces that form on the Polytrack, he should be winning soon but THE BLUE DOG could hardly have been more impressive when running away with an apprentices' handicap under Joe Doyle here on Friday. She wasn't stopping at the end of that 1m4f so the extra furlong shouldn't be a problem and she gets the vote. Admirable Duque won over 1m6f at Wolverhampton last month but was then pulled up over hurdles. The Holyman might need this and Peachez has disappointed but Nave is only a pound higher than when winning at Epsom in the summer and is dropped in grade for this.
Nave (USA) 14-1 (9-5) Tracked leaders, pushed along over 3f out, hung left over 1f out, one pace and no impression, 5th of 8, 7l behind Clerk's Choice (9-4) at Lingfield 2m hcp (4) pol in Dec.
The Holyman (IRE) 16-1 (9-5) Chased leaders, ridden on outside 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 6th of 14, 8l behind Beacon Lady (8-5) at Brighton 1m 4f hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Aug.
Admirable Duque (IRE) 12-1 (9-2) Held up, ridden and headway entering final 2f, led inside final furlong, won at Wolverhampton 1m 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Dec beating Singzak (9-8) by 1/2l, 7 ran.
Peachez 12-1 (9-11) Dwelt towards rear, headway and edged left over 1f out, ridden and ran on, not trouble leaders, 4th of 14, 2 1/4l behind Outrageous Request (9-7) at Lingfield 2m hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Dec.
The Blue Dog (IRE) 4-1 (9-5) Held up, smooth headway over 3f out, went 2nd on inside 2f out, led travelling well over 1f out, clear and shaken up inside final furlong, easily, won at Lingfield 1m 4f app hcp (0-70) (4yo+) (5) pol beating Keene (9-7) by 7l, 8 ran.
Summerfree (USA) 5-4 (8-11) Led, hard pressed when came towards stands side over 2f out, soon ridden, headed narrowly over 1f out, edged left and kept on inside final furlong, no extra towards finish, 2nd of 4, 1 1/4l behind Mr Burbidge (10-2) at Southwell 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) fbs.