The betting suggested VIVA VERGLAS was expected to go close at Musselburgh last time and he duly obliged with an impressive five length victory. Today's opposition will need to improve if they're to keep tabs on him and David Barron's colt looks the one to beat. Classical Diva also scored at Musselburgh last time and that looks stronger form than Innocently's recent win at Carlisle for which he carries a penalty. Ripon winner Hello Beautiful needs to reverse earlier running with Lord Clyde, although she may well do so as the latter disappointed again at Beverley last month and the remaining pair are harder to fancy.
Viva Verglas (IRE) 6-4fav (9-5) Made virtually all, hung right from over 3f out, eased clear from over 1f out, not extended, won at Musselburgh 5f 2yo mdn (4) gd in Jun beating The Dukkerer (9-0) by 5l, 7 ran.
Classical Diva 9-2 (8-2) Prominent, led after 1f, ridden over 1f out, ran on, won at Musselburgh 5f 2yo mdn aut (6) gf in Jun beating Memory Styx (8-7) by 1/2l, 9 ran.
Lord Clyde 2-1 (9-5) Led, driven and headed over 1f out, kept on same pace, no chance with winner when lost 2nd inside final furlong, 3rd of 7, 6l behind Anjaal (9-5) at Beverley 5f 2yo mdn aut (5) gf in Jun.
Innocently (IRE) 5-2 (8-7) Made all, ridden inside final furlong, kept on well, won at Carlisle 5f 2yo hcp (5) gf beating Luckys Connoisseur (8-6) by 1 3/4l, 4 ran.
Rosebay Coral (IRE) 9-1 (8-11) Chased leaders on inside, ridden and outpaced well over 1f out, kept on under pressure inside final furlong, went 4th final 100 yards, 4th of 6, 3 1/2l behind Suzi's Connoisseur (9-2) at Chester 5f 2yo nov stk (4) gs in Jun.
Baytown Kestrel 9-4 (8-12) Led, ridden and headed just over 1f out, stayed on, 2nd of 6, 1/2l behind Scargill (8-10) at Musselburgh 5f 2yo sll (4) gd in Jun.
Hello Beautiful (IRE) 5-2fav (9-0) Keen close up, went 2nd halfway, ridden to lead inside final furlong, ran on, won at Ripon 5f 2yo mdn aut (5) gf in Jun beating Margrets Gift (9-0) by 1l, 9 ran.