This could be labelled the Tony Carroll show as the Worcestershire handler had five of the eight entries before declaring Mr Lando doubtful. However, having won on Polytrack, Fibresand and Turf, YASIR is very versatile and has won off much higher marks than this in the past so he's given the vote to thwart the Carroll challenge. Since making a successful debut on this track, Gioia Di Vita has never won a race and looks as though he needs to drop a few pounds in the ratings though his rider's claim is a bonus. Graham Lee rode Easydoesit into second spot here on Thursday and, though that was over 2m1f, his mount could prove the best of his stable's quartet.
Le Bacardy (FR) (10-1) 5th of 9, 5l behind Monarch's Way (10-3) at Compiegne(FR) 1m 4f stk sft in Mar '11.
Yasir (USA) 5-4fav (9-10) Chased leaders, outpaced over 4f out, headway over 1f out, kept on well inside final furlong, never reached winner, 2nd of 4, 1 1/4l behind Afro (9-1) at Southwell 1m 4f hacp 0-70 (5) fbs.
Gioia Di Vita 5-1 (9-4) Keen early tracked leaders, pressed leader over 3f out, ridden over 2f out, kept on same pace, 4th of 7, 5l behind Admirable Duque (9-2) at Wolverhampton 1m 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Dec.
Hejaz (IRE) 3-1fav (9-5) Soon prominent and disputed, ridden and no extra 2f out, weakened entering straight, 7th of 8, 21l behind Modista (8-11) at Sligo 1m 2f 3yo & 4yo mdn sft in Jun.
My Lord 9-1 (9-8) Chased leaders 10f, tailed off, 10th of 11, 50l behind Mister Fizz (9-2) at Haydock 1m 4f hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Sep.
Mr Lando 10-3 (9-2) Held up towards rear, soon took keen hold and tracked leaders over 7f out, pushed along over 2f out, every chance over 1f out, ridden and weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 10, 4 1/2l behind Thankyou Very Much (8-9) at Kempton 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Nov.
Easydoesit (IRE) 7-1 (10-0) Led, ridden over 1f out, headed and edged left entering final furlong, stayed on same pace, 2nd of 4, 4l behind Flash Crash (9-13) at Wolverhampton 2m hcp 0-65 (6) pol.
Waving 16-1 (9-2) Soon led, headed well over 2f out, soon lost place, weakened 1f out, 6th of 8, 16l behind This Is Me (9-10) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Dec.