Dual C&D winner ESTONIA continues to show steady improvement and went very close off today's mark at Lingfield last time. She likes to finish with a late rattle off a decent pace and should get that here with confirmed front-runner Island Legend arriving in good form and likely to try and make all. The latter's stablemate Triple Dream isn't out of this and Love You Louis could go well with a recent comeback effort under his belt. A 2lb rise for last month's win at Lingfield may not inconvenience Aldermoor too much, but the drop back to the minimum trip might so Black Baccara makes more appeal.
Island Legend (IRE) 10-1 (9-0) Soon led, ridden clear over 1f out, headed and no extra well inside final furlong, 4th of 10, 1 3/4l behind Taajub (9-5) at Lingfield 5f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Estonia 9-2 (9-5) Slowly into stride, chased leaders, headway over 1f out, every chance inside final furlong, kept on well, 3rd of 7, 1/2l behind Desert Strike (9-0) at Lingfield 5f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Jan.
Alpha Tauri (USA) 100-1 (8-0) Short of room soon after start and dropped to rear, never a factor, 7th of 9, 9l behind Woolfall Sovereign (8-7) at Southwell 5f hcp 0-100 (2) fbs in Jan.
Triple Dream 13-2 (9-6) Prominent, ridden over 2f out, lost place over 1f out, no extra, 6th of 7, 4l behind Perlachy (8-12) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Captain Scooby 20-1 (8-13) Always in rear, 8th of 10, 7l behind Nubar Boy (9-0) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Love You Louis 33-1 (9-5) With leader, every chance 2f out, chased leaders and ridden over 1f out, weakened closing stages, 4th of 9, 4l behind Ghostwing (9-7) at Southwell 5f hcp 0-75 (5) fbs in Jan.
Aldermoor (USA) 13-2 (9-1) Mid-division, outpaced over 2f out, headway over 1f out, soon chasing leaders, ran on strongly to lead post, won at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Jan beating Hatta Stream (9-6) by hd, 12 ran.
Black Baccara 15-2 (8-13) Chased leaders, effort over 1f out, soon every chance, faded closing stages, 4th of 7, 1 1/4l behind Desert Strike (9-0) at Lingfield 5f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Jan.
Best Trip (IRE) 5-1 (9-6) Led until over 1f out, soon weakened, 6th of 8, 7l behind Torres Del Paine (8-13) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Jan.