Previous course and distance winner GHOST DANCER has a solid chance of expanding on his recent haul in a race that might just be set up for him if the in-form Equipe De Nuit runs his usual race from the front. A strong pace suits the selection and, having found a new lease of life this summer, he should not be underestimated. Others worth a mention include: Nativity who, having dropped to a very handy mark; is not without a chance of making the frame on these terms. John Spearing's filly is a late maturing type that only now seems to be getting the hang of things; albeit at a lowly level. Green Velvet has a better record on the all-weather track at Lingfield, so is one to keep on the right side in the coming months. However, she does handle turf so cannot be discounted in a weak race such as this. The veteran Golden Dixie won off a rating of 91 two years ago and would have brushed this lot aside without breaking sweat in his heyday. Sadly, though, he appears to be on a downward spiral at present and, as sentiment doesn't pay the bills, he may be best left alone until he shows more of his old sparkle. Equipe De Nuit made all to land a seller at Leicester eight days ago and is holding his form well. William Carson retains the ride but a 6lb penalty makes life tough this afternoon. Therefore, it can be worth chancing that preserving with Ghost Dancer can reap reward today. Milton Bradley knows how to keep these old stagers sweet and, as he is at his best weaving his way through on the back on a strong tempo, Ghost Dancer appears to have an ideal opportunity to strike here.
Equipe de Nuit 3-1fav (8-8) Raced stand's side, made all, clear from halfway, driven clear final furlong unchallenged, won at Leicester 7f 3yo sll (6) gf beating King's Sabre (8-8) by 6l, 14 ran.
Ghost Dancer 9-2fav (9-6) Steadied start, switched left soon after, keen, held up in rear, smooth headway between horses from 2f out, effort to chase winner inside final furlong, stayed on, unable to quicken near finish, 2nd of 12, nk behind Just Sam (9-0) at Redcar 6f hcp 0-65 (6) gf.
Golden Dixie (USA) 12-1 (9-0) Chased leaders, weakened 2f out, last of 15, 10l behind Johnstown Lad (9-5) at Bath 6f hcp 0-75 (5) gd.
Chasca (IRE) 15-2 (9-0) Chased leaders, weakened well inside final furlong, 5th of 13, 2l behind Billy Red (9-1) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-70 (5) pol.
Royal Manor 16-1 (9-3) Held up, raced keenly, switched right over 1f out, late headway, never dangerous, 6th of 13, 6l behind Nickel Silver (8-13) at Wolverhampton 5f hcap (6) pol in Jan.
Green Velvet 8-1 (9-6) Tracked leaders, led over 1f out, soon hung right under pressure, headed inside final furlong, kept on, 2nd of 10, 2 1/4l behind Lucy Brown (9-9) at Salisbury 6f fll hcp (5) gf in Aug.
Nativity 20-1 (8-9) Held up in touch, pushed along when switched right over 2f out, ridden to chase winner over 1f out, every chance inside final furlong, ran on towards finish, 2nd of 6, hd behind Miss Frangipane (8-12) at Yarmouth 6f mdn stks (5) gf.
Bold Ring 33-1 (8-7) Held up mid-division, wide and headway over 1f out, ridden and kept on, 4th of 11, 4l behind Bahamian Lad (9-6) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Namu 10-1 (8-13) Slowly into stride, always in rear, 8th of 10, 7l behind Milton Of Campsie (9-2) at Ffos Las 5f hcp 0-60 (6) gf.
Blushing Maid 25-1 (8-11) Chased winner until approaching final furlong, 8th of 12, 5l behind Come On Buckers (9-1) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Bahamian Ceilidh 33-1 (8-2) Led, ridden and headed over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 8th of 11, 8l behind Green Lagonda (8-10) at Bath 5f clm stks (6) fm.
Abhainn (IRE) 8-1 (8-7) Soon led, ridden 2f out, headed narrowly 1f out, led well inside final furlong, ran on, won at Chepstow 6f hcp 0-60 (6) gs beating Convince (9-1) by 1/2l, 13 ran.