ALMATY EXPRESS has been threatening to get his head back in front and found only one too good here on Thursday. Bidding for his 18th victory at this track, he gets another chance as he should confirm latest running with Rightcar. The latter also finished behind Littlecote Lady at Kempton in February, while Heidi's Delight missed most of last year, though will have come on for her recent reappearance at Southwell. The veteran Doctor Hilary is back on a winning mark and posted a better effort when runner-up here last time but One Last Dream has struggled since winning his maiden at Chepstow in August.
One Last Dream 8-1 (9-2) Keen tracked leader, ridden over 2f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 4th of 10, 4l behind Les Verguettes (9-3) at Salisbury 7f hcp 0-60 (6) hvy in Oct.
Heidi's Delight (IRE) 25-1 (8-13) Dwelt, always towards rear, 6th of 10, 6l behind Fairy Wing (9-6) at Southwell 6f hcp 0-68 (6) fbs in Mar.
Lord Buffhead 12-1 (9-3) Dwelt, outpaced, 8th of 10, 14l behind Shawkantango (9-0) at Southwell 5f hcp 0-60 (6) fbs in Mar.
Littlecote Lady 5-2fav (9-5) Mid-division, headway over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, not pace to threaten, 5th of 10, 3l behind Mambo Spirit (9-4) at Kempton 6f hcp (0-55) (6) pol in Mar.
Almaty Express 6-1 (9-1) Pushed along in mid-division, headway on inside over 1f out, led entering final furlong, headed closing stages, no extra, 2nd of 8, 1 1/2l behind Majestic Timeline (9-2) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp (0-55) (6) pol.
Very First Blade 4-1 (9-7) Tracked leaders early, soon lost place, weakened over 2f out, 6th of 9, 3 1/2l behind Flow Chart (9-1) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-52 (6) pol in Mar.
Rightcar 15-2 (8-10) Slowly into stride, behind, headway to chase leaders over 1f out, ran on, never able to challenge, 3rd of 8, 1 3/4l behind Majestic Timeline (9-2) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp (0-55) (6) pol.
Oceana Dreamer (IRE) 7-1 (9-0) Slowly into stride, towards rear, headway on inside over 2f out, never reached leaders and weakened final 110 yards, 9th of 13, 9l behind Pastoral Jet (9-0) at Kempton 1m stks 0-55 (6) pol in Oct.
Doctor Hilary 20-1 (8-8) Mid-division, headway over 1f out, chased leaders inside final furlong, kept on well, 2nd of 12, nk behind Rise To Glory (9-2) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-52 (6) pol in Mar.
Sextons House (IRE) 7-1 (8-13) Slowly into stride, held up in rear, pulled hard, headway over 2f out, chased leaders over 1f out, stayed on well, 3rd of 9, 3l behind Loyal Royal (9-7) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp (0-55) (6) pol.
Flaxen Lake 12-1 (9-0) Mid-division, ridden 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 8th of 10, 8l behind Mambo Spirit (9-4) at Kempton 6f hcp (0-55) (6) pol in Mar.
Prigsnov Dancer (IRE) 25-1 (9-1) Towards rear, never a factor, 9th of 10, 8l behind Divertimenti (8-12) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp 0-52 (6) pol in Feb.
Aljosan 22-1 (8-12) Led, hard ridden over 2f out, hung right and headed over 1f out, weakened quickly, last of 9, 9l behind Flow Chart (9-1) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-52 (6) pol in Mar.