Talent Scout is absolutely flying at present and is a previous course and distance winner, as is Flying Applause. Dubious Escapade has only been raised 4lb for a comfortable victory at Carlisle but Lord Franklin only scrambled home at Hamilton and faces a tougher task off a 7lb higher mark. It's going to be tough to keep CONO ZUR out of the frame after his staying-on second to Hakuna Matata at Ripon. He's still 2lb lower than his last winning mark and, with Luke McNiff taking off a further 5lb, rates the selection. Icy Blue has every chance of reversing Carlisle running last month with Talent Scout and looks best of the rest.
Talent Scout (IRE) 5-1 (9-0) Held up mid-division, headway on outer over 2f out, led 1f out, just held on (hand-timed), won at Beverley 7f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Jun beating Muftarres (9-5) by ns, 12 ran.
Daddy Warbucks (IRE) 14-1 (9-2) Led, raced alone far side over 4f out, headed and edged right over 1f out, soon weakened, 9th of 19, 9l behind Christmas Light (9-2) at York 1m 1f hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Jun.
Flying Applause 11-1 (9-4) Slowly away, raced wide in rear, outpaced 3f out, eased final furlong, last of 11, 37l behind Apache Glory (9-5) at Beverley 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Apr.
Dubious Escapade (IRE) 15-2 (9-3) Held up in touch, headway on outer over 3f out, ridden to lead over 1f out, held on well, won at Carlisle 1m hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Jun beating Alluring Star (9-2) by 1 3/4l, 7 ran.
Cono Zur (FR) 8-1 (8-12) Held up in rear, headway over 1f out, ran on inside final furlong, never nearer, 2nd of 10, 2l behind Hakuna Matata (8-12) at Ripon 1m hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Jun.
Cyflymder (IRE) 20-1 (9-6) Always behind, 10th of 11, 5l behind Hamble (8-12) at Newmarket 1m app hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Jun.
Keep It Dark 5-1 (9-3) Went right start, mid-division, headway over 1f out, never troubled leaders, 6th of 11, 2l behind Just Paul (8-7) at Thirsk 7f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Jun.
Sareeah (IRE) 8-1 (9-9) Held up in touch, ridden over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 7th of 14, 4 1/2l behind Ted's Brother (9-9) at Beverley 7f hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Jun.
Lord Franklin 9-2 (9-2) Tracked leader, led over 2f out, ridden and headed inside final furlong, rallied to regain lead post, won at Hamilton 1m hcp 0-60 (6) gf in Jun beating Tectonic (9-7) by hd, 13 ran.
Eastlands Lad (IRE) 7-1 (9-6) Towards rear, never on terms, 9th of 12, 12l behind Running Reef (9-11) at Catterick 7f mdn stks 0-65 (6) gs in May.
Icy Blue 25-1 (7-13) Held up towards rear, headway over 2f out, chased winner inside final furlong, kept on towards finish, just held close home, 2nd of 8, nk behind Talent Scout (9-1) at Carlisle 1m app hcp (5) gf in Jun.
Cabal 16-1 (8-11) Held up in rear, headway to chase leaders over 1f out, never on terms, 4th of 8, 5l behind Size (9-5) at Musselburgh 1m app hcp (6) gf in Jun.