It's no surprise connections of HOOLIGAN SEAN have opted for this and not a handicap; hopeful their decision pays dividends with a victory from Blackdown Boy and Zip Lock. Henry Candy's charge took third in what looked a warm maiden at Salisbury last time and while the well-touted second Give Your Verdict has been beaten since, he went down fighting. That was our selection's first outing of the year and he can be expected to improve, especially with this drop down to six furlongs set to suit. He's probably not up to winning a handicap off a lofty mark of 83 on what we've seen so far, but may be up to winning this. Blackdown Boy ran a fair race when third last time despite being a beaten odds-on favourite. That was over five furlongs and today's test should be more suitable, however he didn't appear to relish quick ground at Bath and that has to be a concern. Jeremy Noseda saddled the horse that beat Give Your Verdict, so he should know where he stands here with Zip Lock. He was most disappointing when sent off a well supported favourite last term but clearly had shown plenty at home and if support comes once more it may pay to take notice, as this 220,000 euro purchase should be capable of much better. Mushy Peas is hard to assess but makes some paper appeal, being out of a Dr Devious mare, which suggests he should be able to operate over this trip on debut. Fellow newcomer Delaware Dancer may be seen to better effect when handicapping later on so of more interest is Bidruma, who looks to be progressing although the form of her last effort doesn't amount to much. Hooligan Sean is probably not an 83-rated sort, but he still should go close to landing this.
Scottish Glen 100-1 (9-9) Chased leading trio, ridden 2f out, weakened well over 1f out, 10th of 14, 10l behind Kakatosi (8-13) at Lingfield 7f mdn auc stks (6) pol.
Trading Nation (USA) 12-1 (8-12) Bolted to post, prominent to halfway, soon behind, eased, tailed off, last of 15, well behind Plumage (9-4) at Chepstow 6f hcp 0-60 (6) gd in May.
Zip Lock (IRE) 15-8fav (9-0) Chased leaders, hard ridden 2f out, soon hung left and beaten, 10th of 12, 14l behind Romanticize (8-9) at Salisbury 6f mdn stks (5) gf in May '09.
Bilbaray (IRE) Fath filly out of Last Shaambles.
Blackdown Boy 10-11fav (8-11) Pressed leader, ridden over 1f out, weakened to 3rd final 100 yards, 3rd of 5, 2 1/4l behind Dungannon (9-0) at Bath 5f mdn auc stks (6) fm in May.
Compton Way 8-1 (8-10) Held up tracking leaders, pushed along halfway, driven along and beaten over 2f out, 8th of 9, 12l behind Slip Sliding Away (8-9) at Goodwood 6f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gd.
Hooligan Sean 11-1 (8-10) Led, hung left and headed over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 4th of 10, 4l behind Chica Whopa (8-12) at Salisbury 7f 3yo mdn (5) gd.
Master Mylo (IRE) 16-1 (9-4) Chased leaders, ridden and kept on one pace from over 1f out, 7th of 15, 9l behind Rockabilly Rebel (8-13) at Newmarket 7f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gd in May.
Mushy Peas (IRE) Bahri colt out of Unintentional.
Picansort 100-1 (8-13) Started slowly and went left start, ran green in rear, stayed on inside final furlong, never troubled leaders, 7th of 14, 8l behind Kakatosi (8-13) at Lingfield 7f mdn auc stks (6) pol.
Bidruma 12-1 (9-0) Mid-division, pushed along 3f out, ridden well over 1f out, stayed on same pace final furlong, no impression on leaders, 4th of 11, 5l behind Beauty Pageant (9-0) at Warwick 6f 3yo fll stks (5) gd.
Delaware Dancer (IRE) Danehill Dancer filly out of Labrusca.
Shamarlane 33-1 (8-4) Slowly away, outpaced, kept on final furlong, never nearer, 7th of 10, 12l behind Dashing Beauty (9-0) at Yarmouth 6f mdn stks (5) gd.