Layline is hard to catch right and popped-up at 16/1 over 2m at Wolverhampton last time. Knockgraffon Lad scored over today's trip at the same track and is upped in grade off a higher mark for this. There was little separating runner-up Echo Brava and King's Request at Kempton last month and Mallory Heights also has leading claims having found only one too good at the same meeting. But MAGNOLIA RIDGE won on fast ground at Tipperary for Dermot Weld during the summer and he gets the vote racing off a lower mark here on his first start for a new yard.
Layline (IRE) 16-1 (9-2) Keen in touch in rear, headway 2f out, chased leader over 1f out, stayed on to lead final strides, won at Wolverhampton 2m hcp (4) pol in Nov beating Montjess (8-6) by hd, 6 ran.
Knockgraffon Lad (USA) 12-1 (9-6) In rear, headway over 1f out, ridden to lead inside final furlong, stayed on, won at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Nov beating Incendo (9-10) by 3/4l, 10 ran.
Thecornishcowboy 20-1 (9-8) Towards rear, ridden over 2f out, never near leaders, 6th of 9, 9l behind Stomachion (9-4) at Yarmouth 1m 3f hcp 0-75 (5) sft in Oct.
Reflect (IRE) 25-1 (9-9) Slowly into stride, held up in last pair, never a factor, 12th of 14, 6l behind Maria's Choice (9-8) at Kempton 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Nov.
Laser Blazer 25-1 (9-6) Slowly away behind, stayed on final furlong, nearest finish, 7th of 13, 7l behind Certavi (9-6) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Nov.
Sir Boss (IRE) 10-1 (9-7) Raced wide held up, headway to track leaders 4f out, ridden and every chance over 1f out, kept on one pace, 5th of 10, 4l behind Knockgraffon Lad (9-6) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Nov.
Magnolia Ridge (IRE) 50-1 (9-2) Always behind, ridden and no impression straight, never a factor, last of 9, 8l behind Paene Magnus (9-7) at Dundalk 1m 3f 3yo Listed stks (1) pol in Oct.
Mallory Heights (IRE) 9-2 (9-4) Close up, not clear run over 2f out, ridden and headway approaching final furlong, went 2nd inside final furlong, 2nd of 13, 1 1/4l behind Certavi (9-6) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Nov.
The Blue Dog (IRE) 16-1 (9-8) Tracked leaders, lost place over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 9th of 10, 15l behind Scottish Boogie (10-0) at Wolverhampton 1m 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Nov.
My History (IRE) 11-2 (9-5) In touch, ridden 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 7th of 8, 20l behind Flemish School (9-2) at Wolverhampton 2m hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Nov.
King's Request (IRE) 16-1 (9-4) In touch in rear, ridden and effort over 1f out, kept on same pace, 4th of 7, 2 3/4l behind Wall Street Boss (9-0) at Kempton 1m 3f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Nov.
Echo Brava 10-1 (9-1) Tracked leaders, hampered 8f out, ridden and every chance over 1f out, kept on one pace, 2nd of 7, 1 1/4l behind Wall Street Boss (9-0) at Kempton 1m 3f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Nov.