Toubeera completed her hat-trick in a Grade 3 at Haydock two weeks ago but was receiving weight all round that day. The boot is on the other foot here as she has to give 5lb to her rivals which include the battle-hardened Cannon Fodder and Land Of Vic, impressive in a couple of victories at Ludlow which have worked out well. Mayfair Music's Wincanton win has also been franked but this looks too tough for Luci Di Mezzanotte and Dewala, who only ran on the Flat on Thursday. LAYLA JOAN has a perfect record over hurdles and still looks to be improving. This is a step up in class but Gordon Elliott rarely wastes a trip across the Irish Sea and Paul Carberry's presence in the saddle increases confidence.
Toubeera 5-1 (11-1) Held up towards rear, headway 4 out, ridden before 2 out, led before last, kept on well, won at Haydock 3m nov hdl G2 (1) hvy in Feb beating Kaki De La Pree (11-11) by 12l, 9 ran.
Cannon Fodder 15-2 (11-2) Led, not fluent 3 out, pushed along and joined before 2 out, headed 2 out, chased winner, ridden and no impression before last, 2nd of 7, 4 1/2l behind Tagrita (11-2) at Wincanton 2m 4f mares listed nov hdl (1) hvy in Feb.
Dewala 11-2 (11-2) Took keen hold tracking leaders in 4th, went 3rd appoaching 3 out, one pace and no impression next, 3rd of 12, 20l behind Nesterenko (11-11) at Doncaster 2m nov hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs in Dec.
Land Of Vic 7-1 (10-11) Led to after 2nd, tracked clear leader, headway after 4 out, led again approaching next where went left, ridden 2 out, stayed on well flat, won at Ludlow 2m 5f (3) hvy in Feb beating Top Totti (11-12) by 7l, 8 ran.
Layla Joan (IRE) 5-4fav (11-11) In touch in 4th, went 2nd from 4 out, led on bit 3 out, clear after last, won at Ayr 2m 5f nov hdl (4) hvy in Feb beating Fine Rightly (11-8) by 6l, 6 ran.
Luci Di Mezzanotte 5-2 (11-2) Held up, headway 6th, ridden after next, went 3rd from 3 out, well held by leading pair before next, 3rd of 7, 19l behind Woodland Walk (10-7) at Huntingdon 2m 4f mares NH nov hdl (4) sft in Nov.
Mayfair Music (IRE) 11-10fav (10-12) Held up in mid-division on outside, smooth headway before 3 out, 2nd travelling well after 3 out, led 2 lout, ridden clear from last, stayed on well, won at Wincanton 2m 6f mdn hdl (4) gd in Dec beating Fairytale Theatre (10-12) by 7l, 14 ran.