WEST END LAD scored over C&D in March but found himself making the running in soft ground at Newcastle last time. He faded inside the final furlong on that occasion but should get a good tow round for committed front-runner Figaro here. The latter is having his first start since winning at Nottingham in October and may also prefer a faster surface. Glass Mountain was beaten only a head at Yarmouth on his return and makes more appeal than Veiled Applause, who drops back in distance having won at Thirsk last time while Calaf has plenty to find with the selection. Follow The Flag won this in 2010 but has been well below par recently.
West End Lad 8-1 (9-7) Led, hard driven over 2f out, headed well inside final furlong, no extra, 3rd of 16, 2 1/4l behind Tres Coronas (9-6) at Newcastle 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Apr.
Figaro 6-5fav (9-0) Made all, driven clear over 1f out, kept on strongly, unchallenged, won at Nottingham 1m 2f mdn stks 0-80 (5) gf in Oct beating Monopolize (9-0) by 3 1/2l, 4 ran.
Calaf 5-1 (9-1) In touch, driven when hung left over 2f out, soon weakened, 9th of 16, 12l behind Tres Coronas (9-6) at Newcastle 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Apr.
Veiled Applause 14-1 (8-12) Mid-division in touch, smooth headway on inside over 3f out, led 2f out, ridden clear entering final furlong, stayed on well, eased towards finish, comfortably, won at Thirsk 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) sft in Apr beating Amazing Blue Sky (9-3) by 2l, 12 ran.
Glass Mountain (IRE) 3-1fav (9-6) Chased leaders, headway to challenge on inside over 1f out, driven to lead inside final furlong, headed and no extra close home, 2nd of 9, hd behind Spin Cast (8-9) at Yarmouth 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) gs in Apr.
Follow The Flag (IRE) 20-1 (8-6) Held up, ridden 3f out, not troubled leaders, 7th of 11, 23l behind The Galloping Shoe (8-10) at Haydock 1m 2f hcp 0-80 (4) sft in Apr.