Laser Ruby reportedly resented a tongue-tie when failing to land the odds at Wolverhampton last time and is beginning to look a little frustrating, while Loyal Royal keeps running his race but cannot find away to get his head in front. Both finished behind ESPY over C&D back in November and the latter remains on a lower mark than when winning at Wolverhampton earlier in the year. He gets the vote. Bollywood Style went close here last month and Musical Script turned in a better effort at Kempton last time.
Laser Ruby 2-5fav (8-12) Dwelt, behind, headway when not clear run over 1f out, soon ridden, hung left and kept on on outside final furlong, never reached leaders, 5th of 10, 4l behind Boy The Bell (8-10) at Wolverhampton 6f mdn auc stks (6) pol in Nov.
Espy 4-1fav (9-7) Tracked leaders, ridden and no impression from over 1f out, 5th of 8, 2 3/4l behind Mary's Pet (9-5) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Anjomarba (IRE) 14-1 (9-0) Dwelt, pulled hard in rear, never a factor, 8th of 12, 4l behind Wooden King (9-5) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Nov.
Bollywood Style 5-2fav (8-12) Mid-division, pushed along when carried right over 1f out, never on terms, 11th of 13, 4l behind Marksbury (9-3) at Lingfield 7f app hcp 0-58 (6) pol in Nov.
Loyal Royal (IRE) 9-2 (9-4) Pulled hard tracked leaders, ridden to chase winner over 2f out until near finish, 3rd of 8, 3/4l behind Mary's Pet (9-5) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Musical Script (USA) 28-1 (9-1) Switched right from wide draw and held up in rear, headway on inside from 2f out, went 2nd final furlong, no impression on winner, 2nd of 13, 1 1/4l behind Sirjosh (9-2) at Kempton 7f hcp (6) pol.
Radiator Rooney (IRE) 16-1 (8-12) Held up, switched left and headway over 1f out, stayed on to go 3rd towards finish, 4th of 10, 3 1/2l behind Sleepy Blue Ocean (9-6) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Replicator 16-1 (8-9) Chased leader, carried left from over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 9th of 13, 9l behind Sirjosh (9-2) at Kempton 7f hcp (6) pol.
Vertumnus 50-1 (8-12) Took keen hold, always rear division, 11th of 13, 22l behind Irish Jugger (8-12) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f stks 0-55 (6) pol in Nov.
Spoof Master (IRE) 5-1 (8-13) Led 1f, tracked leader, led over 3f out, ridden over 1f out, headed entering final furlong, no extra towards finish, 4th of 11, 1 1/4l behind Mind The Monarch (9-0) at Kempton 6f app hcp 0-50 (7) pol.
The Magic of Rio 100-1 (8-0) Chased leaders, under pressure halfway, soon beaten, 8th of 9, 11l behind Ebraam (8-4) at Lingfield 5f clm stks (6) pol in Nov.