LAYLA'S HERO ended a long losing run when scoring over track and trip last time. This looks no tougher despite a penalty and Dandy Nicholls' charge can go in again. Girl At The Sands returns to the Fibresand for the first time since landing a claimer here early last year, while Gebayl won her maiden over course and distance in June and has slipped down the weights subsequently. Upper Lambourn has been in slightly better form over 5f of late and scored off a higher mark over today's trip here last season.
Layla's Hero (IRE) 8-1 (9-6) Chased leaders, soon pushed along, headway over 1f out, led inside final furlong, stayed on strongly, won at Southwell 6f hcp 0-60 (6) fbs beating Grace Hull (9-7) by 1 1/2l, 10 ran.
Girl At The Sands (IRE) 33-1 (8-3) Outpaced, some late headway, never a factor, 4th of 5, 8l behind Hamoody (8-12) at Lingfield 5f clm stks (6) pol in Dec.
Gebayl 33-1 (8-11) Chased leaders on inside, pushed along 3f out, weakened over 2f out, last of 12, 24l behind One Way Or Another (9-0) at Lingfield 7f app hcp (6) pol in Oct.
Triple Aitch (USA) 6-1 (9-1) Tracked leaders, ridden and every chance inside final furlong, kept on, 5th of 14, 1 1/4l behind Perfect Pastime (9-1) at Lingfield 7f app hcp 0-58 (6) pol in Nov.
Star Up In The Sky (USA) 10-1 (9-0) Disputed lead, ridden 2f out, kept on same pace, no chance with front pair when lost place inside final furlong, 5th of 7, 6l behind Basingstoke (9-7) at Southwell 7f hcp 0-65 (6) fbs.
Upper Lambourn (IRE) 8-1 (8-3) Towards rear, ridden over 2f out, kept on inside final furlong, 5th of 13, 3 1/2l behind Imjin River (8-7) at Southwell 5f hcp 0-60 (6) fbs.
Orwellian 10-1 (8-10) Slowly into stride, held up in rear, never nearer, 6th of 10, 7l behind Layla's Hero (9-6) at Southwell 6f hcp 0-60 (6) fbs.
Molly Jones 50-1 (8-6) Fly jumped start, dwelt, mid-division, ridden over 1f out, never dangerous, 8th of 13, 6l behind Imjin River (8-7) at Southwell 5f hcp 0-60 (6) fbs.