CAPONE boasts the highest rating, has the strongest recent form and gets the vote. He had today's rival Elna Bright behind once again when third to Oasis Dancer at Lingfield last month on his first start for Scott Dixon and also has the beating of Little Garcon on a line through the winner. There doesn't look much between Alben Star and Sugar Beet as they both beat Earlsmedic by a similar distance when winning at this track and Kempton respectively last month. The latter's fillies' allowance brings her into the mix, but Where's Reiley looks up against it in this company.
Alben Star (IRE) 11-8fav (9-3) Held up towards rear, headway when not clear run over 1f out, soon switched right, ran on strongly inside final furlong, never reached winner, 2nd of 12, 1/2l behind Seek The Fair Land (8-12) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Jan.
Capone (IRE) 7-2 (9-3) Mid-division, headway to chase leaders over 1f out, never on terms, 3rd of 12, 2 1/4l behind Oasis Dancer (9-5) at Lingfield 6f hcap (2) pol in Jan.
Elna Bright 8-1 (9-2) Tracked leading pair, slightly outpaced when short of room eased out and bumped approaching final 2f, ridden and ran on to 2nd inside final furlong, no chance with winner, 2nd of 7, 1 1/2l behind Palace Moon (9-2) at Kempton 7f cnd stks (4yo+) (4) pol in Jan.
Little Garcon (USA) 28-1 (9-6) Mid-division, headway on inner over 1f out, weakening when short of room final furlong, 11th of 12, 8l behind Seek The Fair Land (8-12) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Jan.
Where's Reiley (USA) 5-2fav (9-1) Started slowly, outpaced in rear, never on terms, 7th of 8, 7l behind Master Of Disguise (8-11) at Wolverhampton 5f clm stks (6) pol in Jan.
Sugar Beet 5-1 (9-5) Off the pace disputing 5th, headway 2f out, went 3rd over 1f out, closed to lead inside final furlong, driven out, won at Kempton 5f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Dec beating Earlsmedic (8-8) by 3/4l, 10 ran.