Glen's Diamond was a progressive two-year-old, winning at Carlisle and Newmarket last August. He can't be ignored here, despite top weight. Calypso Magic ended a frustrating sequence of placed efforts with a victory over today's C&D on his reappearance but is pretty much exposed now, like Malthouse. Muhandis can improve on his Ripon second, however, while Kalleidoscope stepped up on initial efforts when landing her maiden at Beverley last summer. But the handicapper looks to have let in RASTABAN lightly here. Willie Haggas' colt showed a willing attitude to land a decent maiden at Ffos Las on only his second start and the third has franked the form since - he gets the vote.
Glen's Diamond 7-2 (9-0) Held up in rear, headway over 2f out, ran on strongly to lead well inside final furlong, ridden out, won at Newmarket 7f 2yo hcp (2) gs in Aug beating Belgian Bill (9-0) by 3/4l, 9 ran.
Malthouse (GER) 4-1 (9-2) Mid-division, ridden 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 6th of 8, 15l behind Polar Kite (8-10) at Ripon 1m 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) gd.
Calypso Magic (IRE) 7-2 (8-11) Made all, ridden 2f out, soon in command, stayed on well, won at Musselburgh 1m 1f mdn stks (5) gs beating Rainy Champion (8-11) by 4 1/2l, 7 ran.
Muhandis (IRE) 16-1 (9-3) In touch, ridden and headway to chase winner 1f out, kept on, 2nd of 16, 1 1/4l behind Crown Counsel (9-3) at Ripon 1m 3yo mdn (5) gd.
Kalleidoscope 20-1 (9-0) Made all, ridden over 1f out, kept on, driven out, won at Beverley 7f 2yo fll mdn (4) gd in Aug beating The Shrew (9-0) by nk, 10 ran.
Rastaban 5-1 (9-3) Dwelt, in touch in rear, headway when not much room 2f out, pressed leader inside final furlong, stayed on to lead post, won at Ffos Las 1m 2yo mdn aut (5) gd in Oct beating Lady Bridget (8-12) by shd, 7 ran.