Roland beat a couple of higher-rated horses in a seller at Lingfield last time when Maypole Joe was fourth. He has to prove that was no fluke back in handicap company while Royal Caper reverted to type last time having won at 33/1 before that. It's Only Business was still beaten 10 lengths when runner-up at Southwell last month so a speculative vote goes to the unexposed SEASIDE ROCK on his handicap debut ahead of Don Eduardo and Subtle Difference.
Seaside Rock (IRE) 14-1 (9-3) Always behind, 8th of 10, 8l behind Horsted Keynes (9-3) at Kempton 7f 2yo mdn stks (5) pol in Nov.
Subtle Difference 9-2 (9-7) Dwelt held up, headway 2f out, ridden and soon one paced, 6th of 12, 4l behind Red Dragon (9-4) at Wolverhampton 7f 2yo hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Royal Caper 12-1 (9-2) Tracked leaders, ridden and lost place over 2f out, 7th of 11, 9l behind Crystal Peaks (8-13) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 2yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Nov.
Don Eduardo 33-1 (8-9) Always towards rear, 9th of 11, 7l behind Veeraya (8-13) at Lingfield 7f 2yo mdn auc stks (6) pol in Oct.
Roland 11-2 (8-12) Always prominent, ridden to challenge over 2f out, stayed on to lead inside final furlong, ran on, won at Lingfield 1m 2yo sell stks (6) pol beating Divine Angel (8-12) by 1 1/2l, 9 ran.
Caramel Sundae 12-1 (9-0) Held up, ridden 3f out, never a factor, 9th of 11, 9l behind Corton Lad (8-13) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 2yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol.
It's Only Business 8-1 (8-5) Chased leader, hard driven 4f out, kept on same pace final 2f, no chance with winner, 2nd of 7, 10l behind Projectisle (8-12) at Southwell 7f 2yo sell stks (6) fbs in Nov.
Lilly White (USA) 10-1 (8-13) Mid-division, outpaced 3f out, soon lost place, behind final 2f, last of 11, 10l behind Sakhee's Rose (9-7) at Kempton 6f 2yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Nov.
Maypole Joe (IRE) 14-1 (8-5) Mid-division in touch on outside, chased leaders over 2f out, soon ridden, kept on same pace under pressure inside final furlong, 4th of 9, 1 3/4l behind Roland (8-12) at Lingfield 1m 2yo sell stks (6) pol.
Lincolnrose (IRE) 5-1 (9-1) Raced wide in touch, ridden 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 6th of 8, 11l behind Apache Rising (9-1) at Southwell 7f 2yo hcp 0-60 (6) fbs in Nov.
Misty Secret (IRE) 20-1 (8-12) Raced wide tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, kept on one pace, 3rd of 7, 6l behind Prophets Pride (9-3) at Wolverhampton 7f 2yo mdn auc stks (6) pol.
Epsom Flyer 8-1 (8-0) Pushed along to chase leaders, short of room and dropped to rear over 8f out, never a factor after, 6th of 8, 9l behind Paddy's Saltantes (9-2) at Lingfield 1m 2f 2yo hco 0-75 (5) pol.