LOYALTY carries a penalty for last Monday's victory at Kempton but this looks no tougher. He beat Kickingthelilly earlier in the year and finished ahead of subsequent winner Aquilonius when third at this track last month. Derek Shaw's charge can go in again as Takeitfromalady is having his first outing since October, though he does have the form to figure if at his best. Mister Musicmaster bids for a hat-trick off a 5lb higher mark upped in class but Lord Ofthe Shadows drops down a grade and makes more appeal than Dr Red Eye despite being hard to win with.
Loyalty 10-1 (9-0) Soon led, headed 6f out, chased leader, led again on inside 4f out, ridden over 1f out, strongly pressed close home, held on gamely, all out, won at Kempton 1m hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Feb beating Guest of Honour (9-7) by shd, 11 ran.
Aquilonius (IRE) 6-1 (8-9) Made all, ridden over 1f out, soon pressed, ran on gamely, won at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Feb beating Mia's Boy (9-5) by 1/2l, 10 ran.
Takeitfromalady (IRE) 7-1 (9-4) Held up towards rear, driven over 2f out, ridden and headway on outside over 1f out, kept on under pressure inside final furlong, not reached leaders, 4th of 13, 1 1/4l behind Prime Exhibit (9-2) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Oct.
Lord Ofthe Shadows (IRE) 14-1 (8-8) Held up, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, last of 10, 5l behind Solar Deity (9-1) at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-100 (2) pol in Feb.
Dr Red Eye 7-1 (9-4) Set steady pace, ridden 2f out, headed inside final furlong, kept on, 3rd of 6, 2l behind Showboating (8-11) at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Feb.
Mister Musicmaster 4-1fav (9-9) Led early, tracked leader, led approaching final furlong, ridden and ran on, won at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Feb beating Piceno (9-7) by 1 3/4l, 11 ran.
Kickingthelilly 7-1 (8-10) Slow into stride, in rear, ridden halfway, never near leaders, 6th of 9, 14l behind Docofthebay (8-10) at Southwell 7f hcp 0-95 (3) fbs in Feb.