LOULOU VUITTON was flattered by her proximity to the much higher rated La Estrella when runner-up here last month. But she has little to beat in this and won't get many better chances to finally lose her maiden tag. Josie's Dream has finished nearer last both on the Flat and over hurdles since scoring at Warwick last summer while Drummond has been tailed off in five subsequent starts over timber since making the frame on the level at Brighton. Samoset has been placed on the Turf but beaten out of sight at this track of late and multiple course winner Kingaroo continues his downward spiral and is now without a win since July 2012.
Josie's Dream (IRE) 25-1 (9-13) Keen tracked leaders, weakened over 2f out, 12th of 16, 13l behind Linkable (10-9) at Lingfield 1m 4f amat hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Nov.
Drummond 5-1 (9-0) Unseated rider in paddock, chased leaders, pushed along and lost place over 3f out, rallied under pressure 3f out, ridden and chased leaders over 1f out, 3rd and one pace inside final furlong, 3rd of 8, 2 1/2l behind McConnell (9-0) at Brighton 1m 2f (6) gs in Sep.
Samoset 20-1 (8-9) Chased leaders, lost place 5f out, 8th of 14, 27l behind Yasir (9-9) at Southwell 1m 4f hcp (0-65) (6) fbs in Dec.
Converti 16-1 (9-12) Held up in rear, well behind over 4f out, stayed on final furlong, never nearer, 5th of 13, 18l behind Switched Off (11-3) at Haydock 1m 4f am hcp (0-70) (4yo+) (5) sft in Sep '10.
Kingaroo (IRE) 33-1 (8-5) Prominent, led over 7f out, headed over 4f out, weakened over 3f out, 11th of 14, well behind Yasir (9-9) at Southwell 1m 4f hcp (0-65) (6) fbs in Dec.
Reach The Beach 10-1 (9-0) Led until over 5f out, weakened over 3f out, 8th of 10, 32l behind The Ginger Berry (8-10) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp (0-55) (6) pol in Jan.
Heading To First 50-1 (10-7) Took keen hold, tracked leaders in 3rd until over 3f out, weakened over 2f out, 6th of 8, 25l behind Underwritten (11-0) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f am sell stks (6) pol in Jun.
Sign Pro (IRE) 25-1 (8-10) In rear, soon pushed along and badly outpaced, never dangerous, last of 6, 12l behind Captain Kendall (9-3) at Lingfield 6f mdn stks (5) pol in Dec '12.
Loulou Vuitton 16-1 (8-1) Chased leaders, outpaced in modest 4th over 3f out, never on terms, weakened into 5th inside final furlong, 5th of 8, 10l behind Grandad Mac (9-3) at Southwell 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) fbs in Jan.