Icelander got the better of a below par hot favourite in a claimer over 1m4f here last time but beat little else and this is tougher. Sakhee's Pearl went close when dropped into this grade over C&D recently but today's rival SAOI was only a neck behind in third. They re-oppose on the same terms today but the latter has more scope on only his third start since June and gets the nod. Daffydowndilly is still improving judged on last month's victory at Kempton and has to come into the reckoning despite a 4lb rise.
Icelander (USA) 14-1 (9-1) Led 2f, tracked leaders, led again over 1f out, soon clear driven out, won at Lingfield 1m 4f clm stks (6) pol beating Right Stuff (9-12) by 5l, 7 ran.
Sakhee's Pearl 5-1 (9-6) Held up, not clear run 2f out, headway on inner over 1f out, ridden to lead narrowly inside final furlong, caught post, 2nd of 14, ns behind Casual Mover (9-3) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Saoi (USA) 20-1 (9-6) Held up, headway 2f out, ridden and ran on towards finish, not quite get there, 3rd of 14, hd behind Casual Mover (9-3) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Abigails Angel 16-1 (9-6) Mid-division, under pressure over 2f out, soon weakened, last of 12, 11l behind Daruband (9-5) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Oct.
Daffydowndilly 8-1 (9-4) Led early, tracked leader, led over 1f out, hard pressed inside final furlong, found extra near finish, won at Kempton 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Nov beating Fairyinthewind (9-0) by nk, 9 ran.
Poetic Lord 8-1 (9-0) Prominent, ridden over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 13, 9l behind Ancient Greece (9-9) at Kempton 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Nov.
Understory (USA) 25-1 (9-6) Led, ridden and headed 2f out, lost place over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 11th of 13, 16l behind Whitby Jet (9-7) at Kempton 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) pol.
Adorable Choice (IRE) 12-1 (8-2) Tracked leader, effort over 1f out, soon outpaced, faded final furlong, 3rd of 9, 6l behind Gifted Girl (9-5) at Lingfield 1m fll hcp (4) pol in Nov.