6f winner Marford Missile steps up in trip and breeding suggests it should be no problem but Half A Billion is proven over today's distance and won at Musselburgh three weeks ago. He should figure again but LADY LAYLA makes more appeal as she won two of her four starts last season, both over 7f, and there should be more to come from Bryan Smart's filly this year. Boots And Spurs disappointed last time having won on the Polytrack before that while Xinbama popped-up on the all-weather last time but is hardly the most consistent. Passionada is lightly-raced and worth keeping an eye on for the future.
Marford Missile (IRE) 12-1 (8-13) Dwelt clipped heels soon after start, held up, weakened entering final 2f, 10th of 11, 19l behind Jack Dexter (8-11) at Chester 6f 3yo hcp 0-90 (3) sft.
Lady Layla 11-10fav (8-9) Led early, tracked winner until ridden 2f out, one pace final furlong, last of 3, 3l behind Basantee (8-9) at Haydock 7f 2yo stks (4) hvy in Oct.
Half A Billion (IRE) 11-2 (9-4) Raced keenly made all, ridden 2f out, edged left inside final furlong, ran on, won at Musselburgh 7f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gs beating Alkadi (9-6) by 3/4l, 9 ran.
Sheikh The Reins (IRE) 25-1 (9-3) Led, hard driven over 2f out, headed over 1f out, faded, 6th of 9, 4l behind Priceless Jewel (9-5) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Boots And Spurs 6-5fav (9-7) Close up in last place, pushed along halfway, ridden over 2f out, no impression, last of 4, 7l behind Kickingthelilly (9-6) at Lingfield 7f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Mar.
Xinbama (IRE) 9-1 (8-11) Held up towards rear, headway betwen horses entering final 2f, ridden and closed over 1f out, stayed on to lead towards finish, won going away, won at Lingfield 7f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) pol beating Ziefhd (9-7) by 1 1/4l, 9 ran.
Passionada 10-1 (8-4) Chased leaders, pushed along halfway, weakened over 2f out, 12th of 20, 9l behind Red Quartet (8-3) at York 6f 2yo hcp 0-95 (3) gd in Oct.
For Shia And Lula (IRE) 66-1 (8-7) Always towards rear, never on terms, 11th of 12, 25l behind Hajras (8-8) at Ripon 1m 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) sft in Apr.
Falcon's Reign (FR) 3-1 (9-3) Tracked leaders, ridden 2f out, weakened final furlong, 7th of 10, 8l behind Incendiary (8-10) at Lingfield 7f 3yo mdn stks (5) pol in Mar.
Homeward Strut 25-1 (8-3) Bumped start, held up, switched left over 2f out, well beaten over 1f out, 15th of 18, 19l behind Morocco Moon (8-11) at York 5f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) gd.
Takealookatmenow (IRE) 11-4fav (9-0) Close up, led halfway, ridden over 1f out, kept on strongly, won at Redcar 6f 2yo stks (5) gd in Oct beating Sweetnessandlight (9-0) by 2 1/2l, 13 ran.