Kopylova comes here on the back of a win at Newton Abbot but we side with FLAG FLIER to get the better of her in this contest whilst Eastwell Smiles has experience over this sort of trip and is an alternative. The selection was twenty one lengths behind the victor last time out but her stamina should have come on for that experience and that may be crucial to outlasting her rivals. She looks to be improving this year and she could lose her maiden tag in this contest. The Richard Phillips trained six-year-old Eastwell Smiles has yet to win from twenty starts but has plugged on over this distance at Fontwell earlier on in the year and could find assistance from first time blinkers and tongue strap. Kopylova won nicely on her seasonal bow but this is a tougher test on the stamina and will need to find extra reserves in this contest to repeat her success. We side with Flag Flier to fly the flag for punters and win.
Lonely Sky (IRE) 12-1 (10-11) Fell 1st, in a race won by Inch Native (11-0) at Listowel 2m 3f mrs beg chs gf in Jun, 11 ran.
Hampton Court 8-1 (11-0) Held up towards rear, not fluent 6th, in rear approaching 8th, hit 11th, ridden 4 out, in poor 5th when pulled up before last, in a race won by Cold Mountain (11-4) at Fontwell 3m 2f hcp ch 0-110 (4) gd in Jun, 8 ran.
Kopylova 4-1 (11-3) Held up towards rear, headway when mistake and not much room 6th, led approaching 2 out, soon ridden, driven out flat, won at Newton Abbot 2m 3f sell hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd in Jun beating Amazing Request (10-5) by 2l, 11 ran.
Filippo Lippi (IRE) 12-1 (11-6) Mid-division, not fluent 7th, weakening when not fluent 3 out, mistake 2 out, tailed off, 8th of 11, well behind Red Not Blue (11-7) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gd in May.
Scotsbrook Cloud 66-1 (10-11) In rear, ridden 7th, headway 3 out, stayed on flat, went 3rd close home, 3rd of 13, 11l behind Space Telescope (11-7) at Worcester 2m 4f cond nov hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gf in Jun.
Flag Flier 7-2 (10-7) Held up towards rear, headway approaching 9th on outer, ridden approaching 2 out, no impression, 3rd of 6, 21l behind Mac Halen (11-7) at Newton Abbot 3m 3f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gd in Jun.
My Rosie Ribbons (IRE) 33-1 (9-13) Jumped right, held up, headway to chase leaders 6th, driven after 9th, soon behind, tailed off and pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Days Of Pleasure (11-0) at Fontwell 3m 3f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in Apr, 7 ran.
Eastwell Smiles 17-2 (11-7) Chased leader until just before 2 out, weakened soon after, 6th of 13, 14l behind Play A Cord (10-9) at Fontwell 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-90 (5) gd in Jun.
The Boat (IRE) 9-1 (11-0) Held up in rear on outside, headway approaching 3 out, no impression, not fluent 2 out, 6th of 13, 33l behind Great Mates (11-0) at Worcester 2m 4f mdn hdl (4) gd in Jun.
Elegant Olive 8-1 (9-9) In touch, soon chasing leaders, weakened after 3 out, 7th of 9, 13l behind Watch Out (10-6) at Huntingdon 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-100 (4) gd in Mar.
Zaffarani's Star 7-1 (12-0) Wl bhnd to 9; stdy hdwy 14; 4th when fell 4 out, in a race won by Posh Dude (12-0) at Cottenham 3m ptp in Dec, 18 ran.
Lady Of Ashcott 66-1 (9-6) In touch, ridden 5th, lost place next, 9th of 12, 40l behind Cannon Fire (10-10) at Worcester 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-100 (4) gd in Jun.
Smiling Applause 33-1 (10-0) In rear, not much room and mistake 1st, stayed on from 2 out, never dangerous, 5th of 13, 32l behind Spate River (11-4) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd in Jun.
Barlin Bay 100-1 (9-11) Held up towards rear, effort 9th, weakened next, tailed off, 11th of 16, well behind Markington (11-3) at Aintree 3m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gd in Jun.
Stafford Charlie 150-1 (10-0) Held up in rear, headway approaching 9th, not fluent 2 out, soon beaten, mistake last, 5th of 12, 16l behind Chesapeake (10-12) at Worcester 3m nh nov hdl (4) gf in Jun.
Lifes A Mystery (IRE) 4-1 (10-0) Held up in rear, no chance after 7th, 8th of 11, 22l behind Sir Monty (11-12) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd in May.