SPARTIC was caught close home when attempting to make all over C&D earlier this month. Reginald Claude proved too good on that occasion but a line through the latter gives him the beating of recent Kempton runner-up Dixie Gwalia and Alan McCabe's charge gets the nod. Brandywell Boy finished ahead of Steel City Boy when a close-up fifth here last week and Baby Dottie had Chjimes three lengths behind when third over C&D last month. Pat Phelan's mare looks a real threat dropped in class today.
Spartic 6-1 (9-5) Led, driven clear over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, no extra, 3rd of 9, 3/4l behind Reginald Claude (9-1) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Russian Bullet 11-2 (9-2) Chased leader, ridden over 1f out, no extra last 100 yards, 8th of 11, 4l behind Romanticize (9-6) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp (0-55) (6) pol.
Baby Dottie 12-1 (8-7) Mid-division, driven over 2f out, headway on outside 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong to take 2nd towards finish, no chance with winner, 2nd of 8, 3l behind Monumental Man (9-7) at Lingfield 5f hcp 0-65 (6) pol.
Chjimes (IRE) 5-1 (8-12) Chased leaders, effort over 1f out, soon no impression, 6th of 10, 5l behind Novabridge (9-6) at Lingfield 5f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Dec.
Steel City Boy (IRE) 50-1 (8-7) Prominent, effort over 1f out, soon weakened, 7th of 8, 3 1/2l behind Charming (9-4) at Lingfield 5f hcp 0-65 (6) pol.
Brandywell Boy (IRE) 20-1 (8-8) Held up in rear, headway inside final furlong, never nearer, 5th of 8, 2l behind Charming (9-4) at Lingfield 5f hcp 0-65 (6) pol.
Dixie Gwalia 33-1 (8-3) Held up in rear, chased leaders under pressure 2f out, switched outside over 1f out, soon ridden, stayed on to chase winner final 120 yards, just held, 2nd of 6, nk behind Dark Lane (8-9) at Kempton 6f clm stks 0-75 (6) pol.