Milton Bradley's sprinters are always worth a second look and Lithaam is no exception but he is strictly held by AVRILO on running at Bath earlier this month and the Malcolm Saunders-trained filly can confirm that form, although a better bet looks to be GREEN VELVET. Peter Makin's mare was beaten a length-and-a-quarter by Avrillo at Lingfield earlier this month but she has every chance of reversing the form on 9lbs better terms and can do so. Captain Kallis has been running consistently well and should be thereabouts again but he could probably do with some help from the handicapper. The Ron Hodges-trained Miss Firefly has been running well but is probably better over six furlongs, while West Leake has paid the penalty at the hands of the handicapper for his wins in April and May. The vote then goes the way of Peter Makin's Green Velvet, who can reverse earlier form with Avrillo and gain a deserved first success of the season.
Avrilo 5-1 (9-4) Chased leaders, ridden and every chance over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 4th of 8, 3 1/2l behind Brandywell Boy (8-5) at Bath 6f hcp 0-80 (4) gf.
Colorus (IRE) 13-2 (9-5) Slowly into stride, last pair, pushed along 3f out, ridden on outside and no progress over 1f out, 6th of 8, 7l behind Grudge (9-13) at Lingfield 5f hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Lithaam (IRE) 25-1 (8-8) Led after 1f, ridden and headed over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 8, 9l behind Brandywell Boy (8-5) at Bath 6f hcp 0-80 (4) gf.
Volito 25-1 (9-3) Chased leaders, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 9th of 10, 18l behind Medici Time (9-3) at Haydock 6f hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Aug.
Baby Queen (IRE) 16-1 (9-8) Chased leaders, effort on outside and ridden over 1f out, chased winner 1f out, no impression (disqualified), in a race won by Avrilo (9-7) at Lingfield 5f fll hcp (5) gf, 10 ran.
West Leake (IRE) 13-2 (9-3) Dwelt, soon in mid-division, headway on inside over 1f out, switched left entering final furlong, ran on to 3rd inside final furlong, almost snatched 2nd, 3rd of 11, 1 1/4l behind Captain Coke (9-4) at Kempton 5f hcp 0-70 (5) pol.
Green Velvet 5-1 (9-6) Soon pushed along and switched right to rail 4f out, headway over 1f out, squeezed through entering final furlong, went 3rd near finish (placed 2nd), 2nd of 10, 1 1/2l behind Avrilo (9-7) at Lingfield 5f fll hcp (5) gf.
Miss Firefly 4-1 (9-5) Chased leaders on outside, ridden to chase winner over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, no extra and held towards finish, 2nd of 9, 3/4l behind White Shift (9-12) at Bath 6f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in May.
Peopleton Brook 7-1 (8-7) Towards rear, headway 2f out, one pace, 6th of 9, 4 1/2l behind Hazytoo (9-2) at Salisbury 6f app hcp (5) gd.
Figaro Flyer (IRE) 8-1 (9-7) Slowly into stride and always behind, 8th of 11, 4l behind Captain Coke (9-4) at Kempton 5f hcp 0-70 (5) pol.
Captain Kallis (IRE) 7-2 (9-3) Chased leaders, ridden and went 2nd 1f out, no impression on winner, dropped to 3rd final 50 yards, 3rd of 10, 1 1/2l behind Thoughtsofstardom (9-1) at Folkestone 5f hcp 0-60 (6) gf.
Blessed Place 16-1 (8-8) Led, headed over 2f out, edged right and weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 11, 6l behind Pressed For Time (8-12) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp (6) pol.
Commandingpresence (USA) 16-1 (8-2) Chased leaders, ridden over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 9th of 12, 6l behind Averoo (9-7) at Goodwood 6f hcp 0-70 (5) gd.
You'relikemefrank 15-2 (8-11) Mid-division, hampered on inside and lost place over 3f out, switched right entering final furlong, edged left and ran on well, nearest finish, 3rd of 11, 1 1/4l behind Mansii (9-1) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp (6) pol.