Plenty of recent winners in the line-up to choose from however we will break with convention and take a punt on DANEHILLSUNDANCE who looks attractively handicapped. David Brown's gelding, a recruit from Stuart Parr's yard, now has a rating of 77, some 12lb lower than his win here in September of 2007. He has been fairly frustrating to follow since but he should have his ideal conditions today and his run last time behind Paraguay looked a bit unlucky. The latter has a rise in the weights for that win but is still open to improvement for an in-form yard, El Dececy looks to be high enough in the weights and is not the most reliable in handicap company, whilst Luck Will Come's recent win at Wolverhampton suggested that she is a mare to keep on the right side of at this time of year. Aflaam is rated better than his two starts this year, Jim Goldie's Middlemarch is shaping as if a win is on the horizon, whilst Kildare Sun tries the cheek-pieces after a run of placed efforts. Two more of the recent winners, the unexposed Alsace Lorraine and Templetouhy Max must be considered, with the former's more unexposed profile striking more of a chord and a 3lb rise for her Yarmouth win may be lenient. This looks the most competitive race on the card and we will take a chance on Danehillsundance.
El Dececy (USA) 8-11fav (9-13) Made all, ridden over 1f out, stayed on well final furlong, won at Redcar 7f sell stks (6) gf in May beating King Pin (9-7) by 2 1/4l, 13 ran.
Aflaam (IRE) 28-1 (8-10) Towards rear, effort over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 7th of 11, 7l behind Hustle (8-10) at Newmarket 7f hcp 0-95 (3) gf in May.
Paraguay (USA) 4-1 (9-2) Held up, ridden along and headway over 1f, driven to lead inside final furlong, kept on, won at Beverley 7f hcp 0-80 (4) gd in May beating Phluke (9-2) by 1/2l, 10 ran.
Danehillsundance (IRE) 10-1 (9-4) Held up in rear, effort over 2f, not much room over 1f and again entering final furlong, never troubled leaders, 8th of 10, 6l behind Paraguay (9-2) at Beverley 7f hcp 0-80 (4) gd in May.
Alsace Lorraine (IRE) 13-2 (9-4) Steadied in rear, ridden over 2f out, headway over 1f out, driven to lead inside final furlong, ran on, won at Yarmouth 1m fll hcp (0-75) (5) gd in Apr beating Astrodonna (9-1) by 1/2l, 6 ran.
Ogre (USA) 16-1 (9-0) Held up, raced keenly, kept on under pressure inside final furlong, nearest finish, 4th of 7, 2 1/4l behind Luck Will Come (8-6) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-80 (4) pol in May.
Templetuohy Max (IRE) 7-1 (9-2) Made virtually all, ridden clear entering final furlong, comfortably, won at Redcar 1m 1f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in May beating Spirit of France (9-4) by 4l, 13 ran.
Middlemarch (IRE) 20-1 (8-6) Behind, headway over 2f out, kept on final furlong, 3rd of 14, 3l behind Barricado (8-10) at Newcastle 7f hcp 0-80 (4) gf in May.
Mozayada (USA) 11-4 (9-4) Soon led, ridden and headed over 1f out, weakened, 4th of 7, 11l behind Bookiebasher Babe (8-5) at Southwell 1m fll hcp (4) fbs in May.
Follow The Flag (IRE) 7-2 (9-6) Took keen hold, held up, headway on outer 2f out, one pace final furlong, 6th of 7, 2 3/4l behind Champain Sands (8-4) at Thirsk 1m hcp 0-75 (5) fm.
High Ambition 6-1 (8-7) Mid-division, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 14th of 16, 12l behind Oceana Blue (8-12) at Newmarket 7f hcp 0-80 (4) gf in May.
Luck Will Come (IRE) 8-1 (8-6) Chased leaders, led over 1f out, ran on well inside final furlong, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-80 (4) pol in May beating Justcallmehandsome (8-6) by 1 1/2l, 7 ran.
Kildare Sun (IRE) 3-1fav (9-0) Led, ridden over 2f out, headed well inside final furlong, no extra close home, 2nd of 7, 1l behind Champain Sands (8-4) at Thirsk 1m hcp 0-75 (5) fm.