A quality race where LOVELACE is preferred to Dream Lodge and Nasri. The selection is now trained by Dandy Nicholls and this talented son of Royal Applause is fancied to run well. His recent third in a Listed race at Wolverhampton reads well after a spell in Dubai and he is fancied to oblige on his first start for a new yard. Lucky Dance and Snow Bay have plenty to find on the ratings, so a bigger threat may be Nasri who has his first run for David Simcock today. The trainer has started the season well and this enigmatic horse has the class to win this if on song. Souter's Sister gets weight from her rivals and the filly is not discounted, along with Dream Lodge who represents the most in-form yard around and despite having a penalty to carry he is considered a big player. However he has never won before June and so we are happy to return to Lovelace as the selection.
Dream Lodge (IRE) 4-1fav (9-7) Held up towards rear, ridden and headwy over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 4th of 13, 1l behind Collateral Damage (7-12) at Redcar 1m hcap (2) gf in Oct.
Back To Paris (IRE) 16-1 (8-4) Soon outpaced, always towards rear, 8th of 9, 23l behind Miss Bootylishes (8-9) at Southwell 1m clm stks (6) fbs in Jan.
Lovelace 10-1 (9-3) Chased leaders, under pressure halfway, every chance 2f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 3rd of 11, 1l behind Dunelight (9-3) at Wolverhampton 7f Listed Stakes (4yo+) (1) pol in Mar.
Lucky Dance (BRZ) 33-1 (8-6) In touch, lost place when hampered over 2f out, soon beaten, 18th of 23, 12l behind Brunston (8-2) at Newbury 1m hcp (2) gd.
Nasri 14-1 (9-1) Behind mid-division, ridden over 2f out, not trouble leaders, weakened well over 1f out, 12th of 16, 16l behind Ouqba (9-1) at Royal Ascot 7f 3yo Grp 3 (1) gf in Jun.
Snow Bay 12-1 (8-9) Tracked leader, led over 2f out, ridden out, won at Thirsk 7f hcp 0-90 (3) gf beating Osteopathic Remedy (8-12) by 1l, 11 ran.
Souter's Sister (IRE) 12-1 (8-12) Held up mid-division, under pressure well over 2f out, ridden, soon no impression, 8th of 11, 14l behind Dunelight (9-3) at Wolverhampton 7f Listed Stakes (4yo+) (1) pol in Mar.