Roman Order has only been raised 3lb for a recent C&D victory and appears to be improving with experience. Brian Meehan's colt has to go on the short-list here but Ashamaly has disappointed since a promising debut over track and trip in October and the exposed Club House only won a claimer here last time, though still finished ahead of Divine Angel. Lyric Ballad isn't without a chance but LUCKY DI made a good impression when bettering Iridescence in a C&D maiden just before Christmas and may just be a bit better than this grade.
Lucky Di 10-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders, driven to lead over 1f out, ran on well, won at Lingfield 7f 2yo mdn fll (5) pol beating Iridescence (9-0) by 1 1/2l, 12 ran.
Firstkissoflove 33-1 (8-8) Slowly away, outpaced, 14th of 15, 25l behind Red Avenger (9-6) at Newmarket 1m 2yo hcp (2) gd in Sep.
Roman Order (IRE) 11-4fav (9-5) Tracked leaders, wide into straight 2f out, ridden and every chance inside final furlong, pressing winner when bumped and pushed right near finish (placed 1st), won at Lingfield 7f 2yo hco 0-75 (5) pol beating Bubbly Bailey (8-10) by shd, 9 ran.
Ashamaly 14-1 (9-3) Soon with winner, challenged over 2f out, soon ridden, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 10, 10l behind El Buen Turista (9-3) at Kempton 1m 2yo mdn stks (5) pol.
Club House (IRE) 6-4fav (8-11) Close up in last place, pushed along and headway over 1f out, led inside final furlong, ridden out, won at Lingfield 1m 2yo clm stks (6) pol beating Myzamour (8-3) by 1l, 4 ran.
Malaysian Boleh 16-1 (9-3) Tracked leader and keen, challenged over 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 4th of 10, 6l behind Rivellino (9-3) at Kempton 6f 2yo mdn stks (5) pol in Nov.
Whitford (IRE) 25-1 (9-1) Tracked leaders, ridden to chase leader over 1f out, soon led, headed and no extra inside final furlong, 4th of 9, 1 1/4l behind Roman Order (9-5) at Lingfield 7f 2yo hco 0-75 (5) pol.
Lyric Ballad 7-2 (9-7) In rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, stayed on final furlong, 4th of 11, 4 1/2l behind Corton Lad (8-13) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 2yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol.
Divine Angel 9-2 (8-11) Pressed leader, effort 2f out, ridden over 1f out, one pace when not much room inside final furlong, kept on towards finish, 4th of 6, 2 1/2l behind Opus Cactus (8-6) at Kempton 7f 2yo sell stks (6) pol.