It could pay to stick with MELODRAMA here. She went close when stepped up to today's trip at Lingfield last Monday and can race off the same mark today. Neige D'Antan will need to improve on what she's shown so far but there's a strong possibility she will do so stepping up in trip for Sir Mark Prescott's yard though Sir Lexington makes less appeal on the evidence of his modest form over a mile. Norfolk Sky has been in good heart over shorter trips of late and she's not out of this but Lithograph has struggled since a placed effort at Southwell back in March.
Sir Lexington (IRE) 8-1 (9-5) Held up, weakened 3f out, 12th of 13, 41l behind Cape Explorer (9-6) at Leicester 1m 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) gf.
Melodrama (IRE) 8-1 (9-3) Mid-division, tracked leaders 3f out, effort on inside 2f out, switched right over 1f out, soon ridden, chased winner when switched left final 75 yards, held near finish, 2nd of 11, 1/2l behind Attraction Ticket (8-13) at Lingfield 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Excellent News (IRE) 50-1 (8-2) Raced wide in mid-division, switched right to outside over 4f out, ridden over 3f out, weakened over 2f out, eased final furlong, 8th of 10, 30l behind Scarlet Belle (8-11) at Newbury 1m 2f 3yo fll hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Farleaze 40-1 (8-10) Took keen hold, chased leading pair until 5f out, chased leaders until weakened over 2f out, 5th of 6, 14l behind Rhagori (9-7) at Bath 1m flls hcp 0-80 (4) gd.
Merchants Return 150-1 (9-3) Dwelt in rear, ridden 3f out, never on terms, 7th of 11, 13l behind Intent (8-12) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f mdn auc stks (6) pol.
Onertother 11-2 (8-11) Held up mid-division, headway over 4f out, went 2nd over 3f out, ridden to lead over 2f out, soon headed, weakened and eased and lost 4th place inside final furlong, 5th of 9, 13l behind Taste The Wine (9-11) at Chepstow 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) gs.
Neige D'antan 9-2 (8-5) Dwelt towards rear, pushed along on outer 4f out, ridden and headway 2f out, stayed on under pressure final furlong, not troubled leaders, 3rd of 11, 1 3/4l behind Top Frock (9-4) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp (0-65) (6) pol.
Lithograph (USA) 25-1 (9-2) Always in rear, 11th of 13, 13l behind Exceedexpectations (9-2) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp (0-55) (6) pol.
Norfolk Sky 6-1 (8-9) Raced wide in touch, ridden and headway entering final 2f, chased winner entering final furlong, stayed on towards finish, gaing on winner, 2nd of 14, 1l behind Welsh Nayber (9-6) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Jul.
Karistar (IRE) 33-1 (8-6) Held up behind, ridden over 3f out, never dangerous, 9th of 10, 22l behind Seven Veils (9-7) at Yarmouth 1m 3f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Jul.
Medeeba 100-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders, ridden over 4f out, weakened over 3f out, last of 6, 22l behind Venetian View (9-7) at Kempton 1m 3yo clm stks (6) pol.
Roughlyn 25-1 (8-5) In touch, pushed along over 3f out, weakened over 2f out, 6th of 8, 10l behind Authora (8-9) at Yarmouth 1m 3f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) gd.