FAZBEE can defy top weight in this company and gets a speculative nomination as the one to be on. Final Victory is going the right way and won't make it easy for the selection, while Ostaadi has plenty of scope for improvement and is also a contender. A case can also be made for Caloo but he needs to prove his stamina over a mile-and-a-half, so isn't one to trust implicitly. Ostaadi didn't need to improve to win a maiden at Southwell last month but still impressed with an accomplished effort. This is a tougher night out for him but he is in the right hands for his talents to be nurtured to good effect - a strong move for the Michael Jarvis-trained colt will be noteworthy. Final Victory ran away with a soft-ground maiden at Newcastle 19 days ago and is obviously flourishing as a three-year-old. That was a poor race, though, and he needs to up the ante to follow up tonight. Therefore, it can pay to side with Fazbee, who sets the standard for the time being. This daughter of Fasiliyev is stoutly bred on her dam's side and, having posted a respectable effort under tender handling at Sandown last time out; it would come as no surprise to see Fazbee let loose now she has proved she has the necessary engine to be effective at the distance.
Fazbee (IRE) 20-1 (9-4) Towards rear, headway over 2f out, kept on, not troubled leaders over 1f out, 4th of 7, 5l behind Antinori (9-4) at Sandown 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gd in May.
Final Victory 6-4fav (8-10) Led, headed after 4f, remained in touch, led again and hung right over 2f out, ridden clear when wandered inside final furlong, comfortably, won at Newcastle 1m 4f mdn auc stks (6) sft in May beating Bagber (8-10) by 7l, 7 ran.
State General (IRE) 33-1 (8-5) Held up in rear, ridden and headway over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 10th of 11, 15l behind Perpetually (8-9) at Newmarket 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) gf in Apr.
Ostaadi 3-1 (8-10) Held up towards rear, smooth headway over 4f out, led over 2f out, soon hard driven, kept on well under pressure, won at Southwell 1m 3f mdn stks (4) fbs in May beating Horsley Warrior (8-10) by 3/4l, 8 ran.
Calaloo (IRE) 7-2 (9-4) Close up, tracked leading pair 7f out, ridden to challenge 2f out, soon led, headed inside final furlong, soon no extra and lost 2nd, 3rd of 6, 2 1/2l behind Lethal Glaze (9-4) at Windsor 1m 4f hcp 0-80 (4) gd in May.
Gilded Age 7-2fav (9-5) In touch, ridden over 3f out, soon weakened, 11th of 12, well behind Antigua Sunrise (8-10) at York 1m 4f hcp 0-80 (4) sft in May.
Lake Kalamalka (IRE) 10-3 (9-1) Held up, pushed along 3f out, soon driven along and beaten, 8th of 10, 26l behind Non Dom (8-8) at Windsor 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gf in May.