The far side of the track looks the place to be with TOP BID, who is being kept busy, tipped to get one over on Green Park. Flying Applause and Cape Royal are a couple of others capable of getting involved in the thick of the action. Cape Royal has been racing with plenty of zest lately and is a likely candidate to tow them along. Being drawn next to Tartatartutata virtually ensures the Milton Bradley-trained veteran will get the strong pace he needs and the old boy shouldn't be underestimated. Flying Applause likes this course and is also well berthed near the pace. The mount of Russell Kennemore has won off a 1lb higher mark in the past, so has another feasible chance of profiting from his visit to Nottingham. Green Park will appreciate any rain before the off and is a worthy alternative to the selection. There is very little between them and, as the Declan Carroll-trained gelding has been knocking on the door of late, it would be harsh to begrudge him a day in the limelight. However, Top Bid makes a touch more appeal on these terms and, as he missed an engagement at Beverley on tuesday in favour of coming here; Tim Easterby's charge is the preferred choice today.
Dragon Flame (IRE) 9-1 (8-3) Chased leaders, ridden halfway, stayed on final furlong, never able to challenge, 3rd of 6, 5l behind Biniou (9-13) at Newmarket 5f hcp 0-95 (3) gd.
Green Park (IRE) 12-1 (9-11) Held up, headway over 1f out, ridden inside final furlong, stayed on, 3rd of 12, 1 1/4l behind Select Committee (8-11) at Beverley 5f hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Flying Applause 8-1 (9-4) Chased leaders, ridden over 2f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 6th of 19, 5l behind Capone (8-13) at Doncaster 6f hcp 0-70 (5) gs.
Cape Royal 8-1 (9-8) Led, edged right to stands side rail 2f out, ridden and ran on final furlong, caught near line, 2nd of 7, hd behind Solemn (8-12) at Chepstow 5f hcp 0-70 (5) sft.
Tartatartufata 9-4fav (9-8) Led far side group, ridden 1f out, headed inside final furlong, 5th of 13, 3 1/2l behind Russian Rocket (9-1) at Nottingham 5f hcp 0-70 (5) gf.
Northern Empire (IRE) 11-2 (9-6) Steadied start, took keen hold, held up in last pair, short lived effort on outside over 2f out, last of 6, 12l behind Highland Harvest (9-9) at Brighton 6f hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Molly Two 25-1 (8-4) Led, headed over 1f out, weakened entering final furlong, 6th of 12, 3 1/2l behind Loose Caboose (8-1) at Doncaster 5f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in May.
Top Bid 9-1 (8-9) Prominent, ridden to chase winner inside final furlong, kept on, always held, 2nd of 19, 1/2l behind Capone (8-13) at Doncaster 6f hcp 0-70 (5) gs.
Jilly Why (IRE) 15-2 (9-6) Tracked leaders, ridden to lead over 1f out, headed and kept on inside final furlong, 2nd of 14, 1 1/4l behind Rafta (9-3) at Thirsk 6f fll hcp (5) gd.
Weet A Surprise 9-1 (8-12) Chased leaders, pushed along and headway approaching final furlong, ran on towards finish, 3rd of 10, hd behind Blessed Place (8-10) at Thirsk 5f app hcp 0-75 (5) gd.
Peopleton Brook 11-4fav (9-4) Chased leaders on rail, pushed along, outpaced 3f out, switched right over 2f out, soon ridden, stumbled, never troubled leaders, 4th of 6, 4l behind Green Lagonda (8-11) at Folkestone 5f hcp 0-70 (5) gf.
Rough Rock (IRE) 11-1 (8-9) In touch, not clear run and switched left over 1f out, ran on to lead last half furlong, driven and kept on well, won at Yarmouth 5f hcp 0-60 (6) gd beating Gone'n'dunnett (8-4) by 1/2l, 10 ran.