Libertino has yet to oblige after 22 attempts but is still asked to tote topweight. He's in really good heart at present though and handles the surface well so this could finally be his day. Avonlini is 0-23 to date and was most disappointing last time but enters the equation on two very sound sprinting efforts prior to that low-key run. However, FLYING APPLAUSE does know how to win here and confirmed his wellbeing with a solid performance on turf over seven furlongs at Doncaster last time. He's taken to revert to winning ways back on polytrack, with Radiator Rooney also deserving of a mention. He's not the easiest but is useful in this grade if everything drops right.
Libertino (IRE) 9-2 (8-11) Chased leaders, ridden 3f out, kept on under pressure inside final furlong, went 3rd towards finish, not reach leading pair, 3rd of 9, 1 1/4l behind Fathey (8-4) at Nottingham 6f app hcp 0-60 (6) gf.
Flying Applause 7-2 (8-9) Dwelt, soon led, headed 2f out, ridden and hung left over 1f out, kept on same pace, 3rd of 7, 2 1/2l behind Music Festival (8-11) at Doncaster 7f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Apr.
Avontuur (FR) 25-1 (9-4) Always towards rear, last of 10, 16l behind Rowan Lodge (9-7) at Beverley 1m sell stks (6) gf in Apr.
Lily Wood 11-1 (8-9) Prominent, pulled hard, ridden over 1f out, soon weakened, 7th of 8, 12l behind Aggbag (8-8) at Warwick 1m app hcp 0-60 (6) gf.
Radiator Rooney (IRE) 9-2 (8-12) Chased leaders, hung right approaching final furlong, faded, 6th of 7, 3 1/2l behind Bateleur (9-2) at Bath 5f hcp 0-65 (6) fm.
Avonlini 7-2fav (10-4) Led early, tracked leaders, ridden over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 13, 5l behind Loyal Royal (10-10) at Wolverhampton 6f am hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Apr.
Ghost Dancer 33-1 (9-3) Always in rear, 11th of 14, 20l behind Goodbye Cash (9-1) at Kempton 7f hcp (6) pol in Oct.
Hesindamood 25-1 (9-13) Keen tracked winner, ridden over 2f out, weakened and lost 2 places final furlong, 4th of 5, 8l behind Wiqaaya (8-7) at Wolverhampton 7f mdn stks (5) pol in Mar.
Vertumnus 25-1 (8-12) In touch, ridden 3f out, kept on one pace, 5th of 10, 6l behind Boy The Bell (9-2) at Southwell 6f hcp (0-55) (6) fbs.
Gazamali (IRE) 10-1 (8-6) Always behind, last of 13, 32l behind Lindoro (8-12) at Southwell 6f hcp 0-60 (6) fbs in Mar.
Boga (IRE) 20-1 (8-2) Chased leaders, outpaced over 2f out, stayed on well inside final furlong, never troubled winner, 4th of 5, 6l behind Athwaab (9-0) at Brighton 5f hcp 0-60 (6) gf.
Suhayl Star (IRE) 14-1 (8-7) Tracked leader and keen, ridden over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 10, 2 3/4l behind Jonny Ebeneezer (8-11) at Kempton 7f hcp (0-55) (6) pol in Jan.
Rightcar Dominic 33-1 (8-13) Slowly into stride, always rear-division, never on terms, 9th of 12, 8l behind Metropolitan Chief (9-2) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-50 (7) pol in Jan.