A trappy affair where cases can be made for many but we are happy to ride in with SPEED STEED. Tim Vaughan has sent out plenty of summer jumping winners and the Glamorgan handler was unafraid of exploiting what was potentially a plater's mark on the Flat. A rise of 6lb for a course and distance victory won't make life easy, but the six-year-old appears capable of showing his form regardless of the going. The assessor has had Spanish Plume in his grip for some time though it hasn't prevented him running consistently in defeat. Andrew Hollinshead adds the eyeshields in an effort to eek out that final ounce of improvement. Barnacle posted a 25/1 shock on the Fibresand at Southwell but he was well held off this mark on a follow-up bid. Lucky Diva and Flashy Star have campaigned over further than this and the pair should be staying on when others have cried enough.
Spanish Plume 13-2 (10-4) Steadied start towards rear, headway on inner 2f out, ridden and kept on same pace, 5th of 11, 6l behind City Ground (10-2) at Beverley 1m 2f ldy hcp 0-65 (6) gf.
Speed Steed (IRE) 9-2 (9-7) Tracked leader, driven 3f out, led 2f out, stayed on well, ridden out, won at Bath 1m 5f hcp 0-60 (6) fm beating Glens Wobbly (8-7) by 3l, 6 ran.
Candelita 5-1 (11-2) Slowly away in rear, headway on outer entering final furlong, ran on, nearest finish, 3rd of 12, 6l behind Gucci D'oro (10-7) at Catterick 1m 4f am hcp 0-65 (6) gf.
Lucky Diva 25-1 (9-0) Held up towards rear, ridden and some headway over 2f out, never on terms, 6th of 12, 8l behind Annaluna (8-9) at Ffos Las 2m hcp 0-60 (6) gf.
Flashy Star 20-1 (9-0) Chased leaders, lost place over 3f out, not much room over 2f out, stayed on towards finish, no impression, 5th of 6, 4 1/2l behind Dazzling Valentine (9-4) at Lingfield 1m 3f fll hcp (5) fm.
Barnacle 9-4fav (8-8) Took keen hold, tracked leader 4f, chased leaders in 3rd until driven 4f out, hung left and weakened over 1f out, 4th of 8, 10l behind Proud Times (9-2) at Southwell 1m 6f hcp 0-65 (6) fbs.
Omega Omega 11-1 (9-7) In touch in rear, ridden 3f out, driven and headway over 1f out, went 2nd inside final furlong, not trouble winner, 2nd of 5, 3l behind Helamis (8-9) at Yarmouth 1m 3f 3yo & 4yo sll (6) gf.