Viva Diva looks to have some improving to do if she's to make her trip over from Ireland worthwhile and Schmooze has looked in the handicapper's grip in three starts since scoring at Hamilton last month. Grand Diamond has strong claims given he's a winner without a penalty having picked up an apprentices race over track and trip a week ago but both of the latter pair have something to find on collateral form with FORREST FLYER. His latest third to stablemate Hawdyerwheesht gives him every chance in this and Jim Goldie's course and distance winner gets the vote.
Forrest Flyer (IRE) 5-1 (8-7) Led, ridden and headed over 2f out, slightly outpaced over 1f out, rallied inside final furlong, 3rd of 7, 7l behind Hawdyerwheesht (8-9) at Ayr 1m 5f hcp 0-85 (4) gf.
Schmooze (IRE) 8-1 (8-12) Slowly into stride, towards rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, soon not much room, ridden inside final furlong, kept on towards finish, 4th of 8, 2 1/2l behind Hawdyerwheesht (9-6) at Hamilton 1m 5f hcp 0-85 (4) gf.
Viva Diva 8-1 (10-0) Held up towards rear, headway 4f out, 6th 3f out, ridden in 5th and no impression 2f out, kept on same pace to 3rd 1f out, no impression leaders final furlong, 3rd of 16, 9l behind Sabaidee (8-4) at Bellewstown 1m 6f hcp 47-65 gf.
Grand Diamond (IRE) 5-1 (8-11) Behind, smooth headway over 2f out, led inside final furlong, stayed on well, won at Ayr 1m 5f app hcp (6) gf beating Altnaharra (8-0) by 1/2l, 10 ran.