Another competitive handicap where the claims of the lightly raced trio of Nollaig Shona, Serious Matters and Scottish Glen merit serious consideration but GREEN VELVET has sound credentials and could be the one. Peter Makin's mare's two career wins came in the space of five days at this track in March 2009 and she rarely runs a bad race here with a further five placed efforts to her name from a total of just nine starts. She's a couple of pounds higher than for her last two outings but should be hard to keep out of the frame. Serious Matters was stepped up to six furlongs for his handicap bow at Wolverhampton but could find only the one pace in the closing stages; he's open to improvement and makes the short-list. Nollaig Shona looks as though she'll benefit from a return to racing over the minimum but Lush Lashes' half-brother, Scottish Glen, stayed on well over six furlongs at Windsor so it remains to be seen how he copes with this sharper test but there are no such concerns for Green Velvet.
Island Legend (IRE) 14-1 (8-13) Tracked leader, ridden and every chance over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 10, 5l behind Desperate Dan (9-12) at Yarmouth 5f hcp 0-70 (5) gf.
Figaro Flyer (IRE) 22-1 (9-7) Towards rear, pushed along halfway, modest headway from 2f out, 6th of 14, 12l behind Westwood (9-5) at Southwell 6f hcp 0-70 (5) fbs.
Scottish Glen 25-1 (9-10) Tracked leader until 3f out, ridden 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 3rd of 9, 2 1/4l behind Blackdown Boy (9-0) at Windsor 6f 3yo & 4yo mdn (5) gf in Jun.
Green Velvet 7-2 (9-4) In touch in rear, ridden halfway, headway and switched left just inside final furlong, driven to go 2nd near finish, 2nd of 6, 3/4l behind Highland Harvest (9-8) at Brighton 5f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Jun.
Nollaig Shona (IRE) 7-2 (9-0) With leader, took keen hold, led 3f out, ridden over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, no extra towards finish, 3rd of 4, 4 1/2l behind Grand Zafeen (9-0) at Bath 6f 3yo stk 0-70 (5) fm in Jun.
Best One 12-1 (9-2) Steadied start, held up towards rear, headway on outside inside final 2f, ridden to challenge 1f out, edged left inside final furlong, ran on to lead last half furlong, driven out, won at Brighton 5f hcp 0-55 (6) gd beating Wooden King (9-1) by nk, 10 ran.
D'allziance (IRE) 22-1 (9-5) Held up towards rear, pushed along halfway, headway towards outside 2f out, never reached leaders, no impression final furlong, 8th of 15, 2 1/2l behind Emiratesdotcom (8-13) at Bath 6f hcp 0-55 (6) fm.
Serious Matters (IRE) 8-1 (9-2) Tracked leader, ridden and hung right over 1f out, one pace, 4th of 12, 4 1/2l behind Fleetwoodsands (9-3) at Wolverhampton 6f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Jun.
Sorrel Point 7-1 (8-13) In rear, not much room and switched right over 3f out, came wide entering straight, ran on inside final furlong, never nearer, 5th of 11, 5l behind Pressed For Time (8-12) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp (6) pol in Jun.
Pressed For Time (IRE) 16-1 (9-5) Chased leader, ridden to lead over 1f out, headed and lost three place inside final furlong, 5th of 13, 4l behind Avonvalley (8-9) at Wolverhampton 5f sell stks (6) pol.