Diamond Charlie was returning from lay-off when scoring over C&D last month and should be thereabouts again with further improvement expected. He beat Volcanic Dust and Desert Strike, who has subsequently won a claimer, on that occasion and should confirm running. Cadeaux Pearl will find this tougher than the lower grade handicap he won at Southwell last time and Titus Gent looks high enough in the weights now, so EARLSMEDIC is preferred. He had Island Legend behind when going very close over track and trip last month and last Friday's head defeat at Wolverhampton suggests Stuart Williams' charge is worth sticking with racing off the same mark today.
Diamond Charlie (IRE) 5-1 (9-5) Slowly into stride, took keen hold, held up last, switched left to outside over 1f out, strong run inside final furlong, led close home, won at Kempton 5f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Dec beating What About You (9-7) by nk, 7 ran.
West Coast Dream 11-2fav (9-7) Bumped start, soon led, ridden and headed over 2f out, edged left and weakened 1f out, 9th of 13, 10l behind Colour Of Love (9-2) at Ffos Las 6f hcp 0-85 (4) hvy in Nov.
Falasteen (IRE) 9-1 (8-12) Towards rear and soon outpaced, ridden over 2f out, weakened well over 1f out, last of 8, 11l behind Even Stevens (9-7) at Southwell 5f hcp 0-95 (3) fbs.
Titus Gent 25-1 (9-7) Mid-division, ridden over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 11th of 13, 4 1/2l behind Red Cape (9-2) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Dec.
Volcanic Dust (IRE) 20-1 (9-2) Dwelt, soon recovered to chase leaders, pushed along halfway, weakened over 2f out, last of 13, 41l behind Alben Star (9-7) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Desert Strike 12-1 (8-7) Chased leaders, effort on inside to lead over 1f out, ridden and edged right briefly inside final furlong, ran on well, won at Wolverhampton 5f clm stks (5) pol beating Angelo Poliziano (8-7) by 1l, 7 ran.
Cadeaux Pearl 7-1 (9-6) Led, hard driven and headed over 1f out, rallied to lead again inside final furlong, ran on well, won at Southwell 5f hcp 0-75 (5) fbs in Dec beating Ghostwing (9-7) by 1l, 8 ran.
Sir Geoffrey (IRE) 20-1 (9-4) Led after 1f, soon clear, ridden and headed over 1f out, soon weakened, last of 11, 11l behind Woolfall Sovereign (8-12) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Dec.
Kylladdie 6-1 (9-7) Slowly into stride, in rear, ridden over 2f out, well beaten over 1f out, 10th of 11, 19l behind Toby Tyler (8-9) at York 6f hcp 0-80 (4) gs in Jul.
Best Trip (IRE) 7-1 (8-13) Led at strong pace and pressed, ridden and headed over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 9th of 10, 8l behind Sugar Beet (9-5) at Kempton 5f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Dec.
Island Legend (IRE) 4-1 (9-0) Good speed from wide draw to cross over and soon press leader at fast pace, led over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, no extra, 6th of 10, 4l behind Sugar Beet (9-5) at Kempton 5f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Dec.
Earlsmedic 6-1 (8-7) Mid-division, headway 2f out, chased leaders and hung left over 1f out, ran on to lead close home, headed post, 2nd of 13, hd behind Alben Star (9-7) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.