LITTLE GARCON looks a young sprinter going places and Marco Botti's gelding is selected here in preference to Ghostwing, Below Zero and Walvis Bay. A winner at Lingfield on his last run in April, the selection has a 4lb higher mark to contend with today but that looks workable. He ran fairly well on debut at Newmarket on his sole turf start so conditions should be no problem today and this hold-up performer will go close if getting the gaps late on. Walvis Bay will improve on his midfield finish behind Kellys Eye at Ripon with the run under his belt, Sunraider held every chance at Nottingham last time and may be high enough in the handicap after his third to Mister Hughie in April, whilst Ghostwing revelled in the visor at Chester but his profile indicates that a follow-up win may be unlikely after a 6lb rise in the weights. Below Zero appears to be edging down to a fair handicap mark despite a solid run behind Swilly Ferry last month, Ginger Ted sprang a surprise at Hamilton last time out and is considered if taking up this engagement, whilst Diman Waters has looked very progressive but he needs to prove that this extra furlong will suit. A terrific little sprint where we are happy to plump for Little Garcon.
Below Zero (IRE) 33-1 (9-0) Raced stands side, tracked leader, ridden to lead that group over 1f out until inside final furlong, 8th of 17, 6l behind Swilly Ferry (9-1) at Newmarket 6f 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) gd in May.
Ghostwing 25-1 (9-2) Tracked leaders travelling well, led over 1f out, hung right inside final furlong, ran on under pressure, won at Chepstow 6f 3yo hcp 0-90 (3) gf in May beating Lowdown (9-4) by 1l, 8 ran.
Sunraider (IRE) 3-1 (9-1) Prominent, ridden 2f out, every chance 1f out, no extra towards finish, 3rd of 10, 2 1/2l behind Folly Bridge (8-6) at Nottingham 6f 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) gd in May.
Little Garcon (USA) 11-2 (9-3) Held up in 7th behind fast pace, switched right well over 1f out, strong run inside final furlong, closed on leader towards finish, driven ahead last stride, won at Lingfield 6f 3yo hcp 0-90 (3) pol in Apr beating Summerinthecity (9-5) by shd, 8 ran.
Walvis Bay (IRE) 10-1 (9-5) With leader, led over 2f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, no extra final furlong, 6th of 11, 8l behind Kellys Eye (9-2) at Ripon 6f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gd.
Ginger Ted (IRE) 40-1 (9-5) Tracked leaders, ridden to join leader 1f out, driven to lead post, won at Hamilton 6f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) gd in May beating Flaneur (9-8) by shd, 12 ran.
Diman Waters (IRE) 7-4fav (9-0) Tracked leaders, led halfway, headed 2f out, one pace, 2nd of 11, 2 1/2l behind Hoof It (8-11) at York 5f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) gf in May.