Mandy's Hero has the beating of Watts Up Son judged on her defeat of Mr Optimistic here in January, but she'd earlier fallen victim to Quality Art, who has since gone close at Bath and can figure in this. Palais Glide spoilt her chance with a show of temperament in the stalls at Nottingham and did well to finish second after a slow start, but the vote goes to FAIR VALUE. Simon Dow's filly showed a big improvement on her reappearance in March when running out an impressive winner at Lingfield and there should be plenty more to come on only her third start and handicap debut.
Barbieri (IRE) 20-1 (9-2) Held up mid-division, ridden halfway, weakened over 1f out, 13th of 16, 18l behind On The High Tops (8-2) at Thirsk 5f 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) gd in Apr.
Swiss Dream 10-1 (9-7) Took keen hold, held up towards rear, ridden over 1f out, soon well behind, last of 13, 9l behind Shesastar (8-1) at Doncaster 6f 2yo hcp 0-85 (4) gs in Nov.
Scarlet Rocks (IRE) 12-1 (8-7) Awkward start, in touch, ridden and struggling over 2f out, last of 7, 8l behind Phoebs (8-12) at Windsor 5f 2yo hcp 0-95 (3) sft in Oct.
Watts Up Son 33-1 (9-0) Behind, pushed along and kept on inside final furlong, never nearer, 8th of 13, 4l behind Mr Optimistic (8-9) at Haydock 5f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Apr.
Palais Glide 5-2fav (9-2) Dwelt, hung left early stages, headway over 1f out, ran on, never reached winner, 2nd of 8, 2 1/4l behind Sugar Beet (9-2) at Nottingham 5f 3yo fll hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Apr.
Fair Value (IRE) 5-1 (8-12) Dwelt, soon chased leading duo, went 2nd 3f out, ran green and wide bend 2f out, led over 1f out, ridden clear, won at Lingfield 5f 3yo mdn stks (5) pol in Mar beating Beautiful Day (9-3) by 4 1/2l, 7 ran.
Quality Art (USA) 10-11fav (8-9) Tracked winner, switched right entering final furlong, ridden to challenge inside final furlong, not quicken, 2nd of 5, 3/4l behind Lord Avon (9-4) at Bath 5f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) fm in Apr.
Mandy's Hero 9-4 (9-7) Led, ridden over 1f out, soon headed, weakened inside final furlong, 4th of 6, 4 1/2l behind Barnet Fair (9-4) at Kempton 5f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Feb.