Dr Finley won this off a higher mark in 2011 and is not easily dismissed. Ninfea ended a long losing run with victory in a seller over 1m4f last month while Lucky Diva scored over today's trip at Ffos Las but is 7lb higher today. The betting suggested LA BACOUETTEUSE was expected to return to form at Musselburgh a week ago and he duly did so when spread-eagling the field to win by nearly three lengths. He can go in again despite a penalty.
La Bacouetteuse (FR) 4-1 (9-7) In rear, pushed along over 5f out, headway over 4f out, kept on to lead towards finish, won at Musselburgh 2m hcp 0-65 (6) gf beating Maoi Chinn Tire (9-6) by 2 3/4l, 7 ran.
No Such Number 9-2fav (11-0) Held up towards rear, smooth headway on inside 5f out, chased leaders over 4f out, 3rd 2f out, stayed on into 2nd last half furlong, no chance with winner, 2nd of 10, 11l behind My Destination (10-5) at Doncaster 2m am hcp (0-70) (4yo+) (5) gd.
Flamingo Beat 12-1 (9-2) Led, pushed along over 3f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, soon weakened, 10th of 11, 22l behind Naburn (9-4) at Catterick 1m 6f hcp 0-75 (5) sft in Apr.
Lucky Diva 8-1 (8-12) Chased leaders, headway over 2f out, kept on inside final furlong, 2nd of 10, 2 1/2l behind Scribe (9-3) at Bath 1m 5f hcp 0-60 (6) fm.
Ninfea (IRE) 16-1 (8-3) Dwelt close up in 5th, pushed along and slightly outpaced over 4f out, ridden and headway over 2f out, kept on to grab 2nd final strides, 2nd of 5, 4l behind The Ducking Stool (8-9) at Yarmouth 1m 6f hcp 0-70 (5) gf.
Dr Finley (IRE) 6-1 (9-1) Held up in last trio, effort on inside over 1f out, plugged on inside final furlong, never involved, 7th of 11, 16l behind Underwritten (8-12) at Lingfield 2m hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Roy Rocket (FR) 16-1 (8-3) Held up in rear, headway on inside over 4f out, ridden over 2f out, 4th and one pace final furlong, dropped to 5th close home, 5th of 9, 7l behind Captain Oats (8-12) at Bath 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) fm in Jun.
Go Amwell 66-1 (8-3) Very slowly away, in rear, ridden over 2f out, no impression, 4th of 6, 13l behind Sir Frank Morgan (9-6) at Wolverhampton 2m hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Apr.