LIVELY FLING is tipped to take the honours in what should prove to be a very competitive handicap. Ostaadi and King of Wands are offered up as the alternatives. The selection showed he had improved from his two-year-old days when running out a ready winner on fast ground at Leicester early last month. He was beaten favourite last time and his Derby entry might look a tad ambitious, but he possesses plenty of stamina and looks set to score again today. Michael Jarvis' Ostaadi was a winner at Southwell last time and looks the type who will keep on progressing with racing. He showed signs of greenness though and took a while to get going which may cost him here today and a finish in behind the selection is expected. King Of Wands proved a step up in trip was ideal when making a winning return last time out. Darley Sun was a winner last time but will have a much stiffer test here toda but Atabaas Allure has claims if bouncing back to his best.
Lively Fling (USA) 6-4fav (9-7) Led 2f, tracked leader, led again over 7f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, stayed on towards finish, 2nd of 3, 1 1/4l behind Holberg (9-7) at Leicester 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-85 (3) gf in Apr.
Kimberley Downs (USA) 7-1 (9-7) Pushed along and soon chasing leaders, one pace final furlong, 6th of 9, 4 1/2l behind Braveheart Move (9-1) at Chester 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) gf.
Atabaas Allure (FR) 13-2 (8-2) Led, headed over 2f out and remained in touch, driven over 1f out, squeezed for room entering final furlong, stayed on towards finish, 5th of 10, 1 3/4l behind Faldal (8-1) at Pontefract 1m 2f flls hcp 0-130 (3) gd in Apr.
Cry For The Moon (USA) 11-2 (9-4) Held up, ridden along 4f out, headway 2f out, driven and ran on to lead well inside final furlong, kept on, won at Pontefract 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Apr beating Canmoss (8-9) by nk, 8 ran.
Admirable Duque (IRE) 8-1 (9-3) Dwelt, in rear, ridden 7f out, weakened 4f out, last of 7, well behind Chiberta King (8-10) at Newmarket 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) gf.
King of Wands Evensfav (8-7) Made all, joined 3f out, ridden and hung left over 1f out, asserted towards finish, won at Folkestone 1m 4f mdn stks (5) gd in Apr beating Wild Rhubarb (9-7) by 1 1/4l, 6 ran.
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 beating Horsley Warrior (8-10) by 3/4l, 8 ran.
El Bravo 15-2 (9-1) Held up, mid-division on inside, pushed along and no impression over 2f out, until passed weakening rivals inside final furlong, 6th of 11, 4 1/2l behind Simon Gray (9-4) at Newbury 1m 3f hcp 0-80 (4) gs.
Darley Sun (IRE) 16-1 (9-1) Mid-division, headway and switched right over 1f out, shaken up to lead well inside final furlong, edged left towards finish, won at Nottingham 1m 6f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) fm beating Penang Princess (9-3) by 2 3/4l, 11 ran.
Penang Princess 9-2 (9-3) Mid-division, ridden over 2f out, headway over 1f out, stayed on to take 2nd well inside final furlong, 2nd of 11, 2 3/4l behind Darley Sun (9-1) at Nottingham 1m 6f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) fm.
Excelsior Academy 14-1 (9-2) In touch, lost place 8f out, pushed along 7f out, switched right 3f out, rallied 2f out, stayed on inside final furlong, 3rd of 11, 4 1/2l behind Admirable Duque (9-4) at Warwick 1m 5f hcp 0-70 (5) gf.