The admirable nine-year-old LA ESTRELLA scored over 2m at Wolverhampton last month. That was his 15th win in 24 starts on the all-weather and Don Cantillon's C&D winner can add to his tally here. Country Road has an equal chance at the weights but hasn't raced since July and will need to be at his very best on his return, while Admirable Duque has nearly six lengths to make up with the selection on latest running. The remainder have little hope on today's terms and will do well to get involved in the finish.
Admirable Duque (IRE) 10-1 (9-4) Slowly into stride, held up in rear, pushed along halfway, never dangerous, 5th of 7, 6l behind La Estrella (10-0) at Wolverhampton 2m hcp (4) pol in Dec.
La Estrella (USA) 4-1 (10-0) Chased leaders, ridden to challenge over 2f out, hung left when every chance over 1f out, led entering final furlong, ran on well, won at Wolverhampton 2m hcp (4) pol in Dec beating Appeal (8-7) by 1 1/4l, 7 ran.
Novikov 28-1 (9-2) Tracked leaders, lost place over 3f out, weakened 2f out, last of 8, 40l behind Inspirina (8-11) at Chester 1m 3f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Jun '10.
Exeptional Girl 40-1 (9-1) Raced awkwardly on outer, never on terms, last of 7, 37l behind Community (8-7) at Southwell 1m mdn fll (5) fbs in Dec.
Country Road (IRE) 15-8 (9-6) Chased leader, ridden inside final 3f, driven to lead over 1f out, stayed on under presssure, won at Lingfield 1m 2f sell stks (6) gf in Jul beating Viewing (9-1) by 1/2l, 6 ran.
Lady Hannah 50-1 (10-10) Held up, ridden and weakened over 4f out, tailed off, 10th of 11, well behind Gowithdflo (10-3) at Huntingdon 2m mares n h flat (6) gs in Dec.
Dot's Delight 14-1 (9-2) Chased leaderrs, ridden along 4f out, one pace final 2f, 5th of 14, 13l behind Maydream (9-0) at Bath 1m 5f hcp 0-60 (6) gs in Sep.
Kildare Kitten (USA) 11-1 (8-11) Towards rear, no impression under pressure straight, 10th of 12, 36l behind Goldplated (9-9) at Killarney 1m 3f 3yo hcp 47-70 gd in Jul.