The remarkable LA ESTRELLA made it 21 victories in 53 starts when scoring at Southwell last month. He's equally at home on the Polytrack and is likely to start a short price again today. Low Key has plenty to find with the former on latest running and Ajeeb looks a bigger threat dropped in class on only his fourth start of the year. Pass Muster is rated only 1lb lower than the latter and he, too, drops down in grade but Activate is out of form and the remaining pair will do well to figure on such unfavourable terms.
La Estrella (USA) 2-7fav (9-10) Raced wide tracked leaders, headway to join leader and edged left over 1f out, soon ridden, led inside final furlong, asserted near finish, won at Southwell 1m 3f clm stks (6) fbs in Nov beating Pendragon (9-2) by 1 1/2l, 6 ran.
Layla's Boy 7-2fav (9-10) In touch, smooth headway to lead 3f out, soon joined, ridden and headed approaching final furlong, no extra and lost two places near finish, 4th of 13, 4l behind Goldmadchen (9-7) at Southwell 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) fbs in Nov.
Activate 40-1 (9-8) Always towards rear, 13th of 16, 27l behind Daneking (9-0) at Doncaster 1m 7f hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Oct.
Ajeeb (USA) 5-1 (9-5) Behind, some progress 4f out, ridden and headway approaching final furlong, soon switched right and no impression, 5th of 9, 2 3/4l behind Alazan (8-13) at Lingfield 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Low Key (IRE) 18-1 (8-13) Tracked leaders, ridden over 4f out, weakened over 1f out, 5th of 6, 14l behind La Estrella (9-10) at Southwell 1m 3f clm stks (6) fbs in Nov.
Pass Muster 6-1 (8-9) Mid-division, driven and headway, over 2f out, soon no impression, 4th of 12, 8l behind Anjaz (9-0) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Nov.
Turjuman (USA) 33-1 (10-1) Slowly into stride, always behind, 10th of 15, 10l behind Kampai (10-0) at Lingfield 1m 4f amat hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Nov.