It was only a seller that HIGHLIFE DANCER won at Ripon in April and he didn't have to run up to his best to win it. He'll need a bit more back in a handicap but looks capable of finding it in this modest company and Mick Channon's charge gets the nod. Roman Flame has placed efforts over a mile that entitle him to consideration, while Lady Gabrielle should be capable of better on her handicap debut and the same comment applies to Around The Clock, who stood little chance in a hot maiden at Newmarket last time.
Highlife Dancer 11-10fav (8-7) Ran in snatches, held up in 6th, headway 4f out, challenged 2f out, stayed on to lead last half furlong, won at Ripon 1m 2f 3yo & 4yo sll (5) gf in Apr beating Pinotage (8-7) by 3/4l, 8 ran.
Around The Clock (USA) 20-1 (9-3) Led after 2f, ridden and headed 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 8th of 13, 20l behind Zain Shamardal (9-3) at Newmarket 1m 3yo mdn (5) gf in May.
Roman Flame 16-1 (8-2) Held up in touch, ridden over 3f out, soon weakened, 3rd of 9, 10l behind Diamond Vision (8-10) at Yarmouth 1m 2f mdn auc stks (6) gf in Apr.
Lady Gabrielle (IRE) 14-1 (8-12) Held up in touch, hard driven 2f out, soon chasing leaders, kept on same pace, 4th of 11, 8l behind Atraaf (9-3) at Lingfield 1m 2yo mdn stks (5) pol in Nov.
Dark And Dangerous (IRE) 11-2 (9-7) Slowly into stride, in rear, headway over 1f out, kept on same pace inside final furlong, no threat, 6th of 13, 10l behind Nutshell (9-3) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Viking Rose (IRE) 25-1 (9-4) Towards rear, pushed along halfway, some late moderate progress, 8th of 13, 16l behind Achalas (9-5) at Kempton 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol in May.
Harry Lime 7-1 (9-7) Tracked leaders, soon tracked leader, led well over 2f out, soon ridden, headed over 1f out, soon weakened, 6th of 7, 13l behind Watered Silk (8-12) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Apr.
Dubawi Dancer 7-4fav (8-9) Took keen hold close up, hung right over 4f out, stumbled and outpaced over 3f out, tailed off, 12th of 13, 46l behind Mini's Destination (9-1) at Salisbury 1m 3yo app hcp 0-65 (6) gs.
Shirataki (IRE) 33-1 (8-11) Tracked leader, ridden 3f out, weakening when edged left over 1f out, 9th of 13, 19l behind Abdicate (8-6) at Ripon 1m 2f mdn stks (5) gd.