LAYALI DUBAI won more easily than the winning margin of less than a length would suggest at Wolverhampton last week. She's worth sticking with until beaten. Afraah is also on the upgrade and bids for a hat-trick after a couple of wins at Dunstall Park but maiden winners Four Leaves and Tawaasul have already been beaten in handicap company. Light Shine looks a bigger threat as she was having her first start since July when second over C&D last month but Soho Rocks looks up against it.
Layali Dubai (USA) 6-4fav (9-2) Held up towards rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, kept on to lead towards finish, won at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) pol beating Rythmic (8-12) by 3/4l, 9 ran.
Afraah (USA) 7-1 (8-13) In touch, headway to chase leading pair 2f out, ridden and stayed on to lead final strides, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Oct beating Saharia (9-2) by hd, 13 ran.
Four Leaves (IRE) 2-1 (8-12) Made all, quickened clear over 1f out, soon ridden, kept on well, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f mdn fll (5) pol beating Srinagar Girl (8-12) by 2 1/4l, 9 ran.
Light Shine 5-2 (8-12) Tracked leader, led 3f out, headed narrowly 2f out, ridden and ran on final furlong, 2nd of 10, 1 1/2l behind Ehtedaam (9-3) at Lingfield 1m 2f mdn stks (5) pol in Oct.
Tawaasul 11-4fav (9-6) Led, ridden over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, lost 2nd close home, 3rd of 12, 1 1/4l behind Lean On Pete (8-12) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Oct.
Soho Rocks 10-1 (8-4) Tracked leader and keen, saddle soon slipped, every chance over 2f out, lost place over 1f out, last of 8, 13l behind Triple Charm (9-12) at Kempton 7f fll hcp (4) pol in Aug.