Layla's Boy wasn't beaten far over C&D in October and course regular White Deer has been thereabouts on a few occasions of late. However, the latter finished behind third-placed NO DIAMOND over track and trip last time and Mike Appleby's lightly-raced five-year-old looks set to finally lose his maiden tag off his current mark. Five Hearts should figure with a reproduction of her latest run at Lingfield and Awesome Rock's recent efforts suggest his first win is not far away.
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.
White Deer (USA) 3-1 (9-6) Pulled hard in rear, headway over 1f out, never nearer, 5th of 9, 4 1/2l behind Honoured (9-10) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Missionaire (USA) 33-1 (8-6) Led until over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 11th of 12, 15l behind Mutual Regard (9-0) at Lingfield 1m 5f app hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Nov.
No Diamond 16-1 (9-3) Mid-division, headway over 4f out, chased leaders over 2f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 3rd of 9, 2 3/4l behind Honoured (9-10) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Dream Risk (FR) 5-1 (9-0) Chased leaders, pushed along 3f out, stayed on inside final furlong, went 2nd final 100 yards, no chance with easy winner, 2nd of 13, 4l behind Call Of Duty (9-10) at Newcastle 1m 2f app hcp 0-60 (6) gf in Jul.
Five Hearts 25-1 (9-2) Keen mid-division, headway to go 2nd over 6f out, led 3f out, ridden 2f out, headed and kept on inside final furlong, 3rd of 12, 1 3/4l behind Honest Strike (9-1) at Lingfield 1m 5f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Easydoesit (IRE) 10-1 (8-2) Mid-division, not clear run briefly 3f out, headway from 2f out, ran on to take 2nd inside final furlong, no chance with winner, 2nd of 12, 5l behind Den Maschine (9-2) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-50 (7) pol in Feb.
Scribe (IRE) 14-1 (9-1) Mid-division, headway to chase leaders over 3f out, soon ridden and no impression, 5th of 11, 9l behind Knox Overstreet (9-7) at Bath 2m 1f hcp 0-60 (6) gd in Aug.
Saloon (USA) 16-1 (8-6) Always in rear, never placed to challenge, 9th of 12, 20l behind Llamadas (9-5) at Lingfield 2m hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Crabbies Gold (IRE) 12-1 (8-6) Tracked leaders, weakened 3f out, last of 8, well behind Harare (9-0) at Hamilton 1m 4f app hcp 0-60 (6) gd in Jun.
Sacco D'oro 100-1 (9-5) Tracked winner until over 6f out, weakened halfway, soon in rear, 5th of 6, well behind Everlong (8-12) at Chester 1m 2f 3yo fll stks (5) gs in Sep.
Awesome Rock (IRE) 12-1 (8-12) Mid-division on inside, effort inside final 2f, ridden and every chance over 1f out until inside final furlong, no extra, 4th of 13, 1 3/4l behind Chella Thriller (9-2) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.