Only 2lb separates the six runners on official ratings and half the field won last time out. BEAT OF THE DRUM only won by a head at Kempton but displayed plenty of resolution and she is less exposed than the majority of her rivals. Richard Hannon's filly gets the nod ahead of Wolverhampton scorer Of Course Darling and Ray Ward. David Simcock's gelding did cost £205,000, however, and is sure to improve on his victory here on the Polytrack as he gains further experience. Living The Life hasn't been disgraced in either run this year and looks the pick of the remainder.
Beat of The Drum (IRE) 2-1fav (9-0) Led early, tracked leaders, went 2nd over 5f out, led over 1f out, ridden inside final furlong, held on, won at Kempton 1m 3yo mdn fll (5) pol in Apr beating Sinaadi (9-0) by hd, 10 ran.
Living The Life (IRE) 9-1 (9-4) In rear, some headway over 1f out, never near leaders, 6th of 10, 6l behind Al Mukhdam (9-2) at Nottingham 1m 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Apr.
Magical Rose (IRE) 14-1 (9-1) Towards rear, ridden 2f out, never nearer, 7th of 10, 8l behind Aint Got A Scooby (8-8) at Epsom Downs 1m 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Apr.
Of Course Darling 3-1fav (9-6) With leader, led over 6f out, headed over 3f out, ridden to challenge over 1f out, led inside final furlong, kept on, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f fll hcp (5) pol in Apr beating Oilinda (9-4) by 1/2l, 8 ran.
Ray Ward (IRE) 8-1 (9-5) Chased leading pair, good headway on inside to 2nd well over 1f out, ridden to lead approaching final furlong, edged right inside final furlong, in command when hung badly right in closing stages, won at Lingfield 1m 2f 3yo mdn stks (5) pol in Jan beating Countess Lovelace (9-0) by 1 1/4l, 9 ran.
Rouge Nuage (IRE) 20-1 (8-10) Chased leaders, hard ridden 3f out, stayed on well closing stages, never able to challenge, 3rd of 6, 4l behind Prophets Pride (9-0) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Mar.