Course specialist Lucayan Dancer needs to be added to any shortlist for this claimer but topping our roll of potential winners is LA COLUMBINA who looks best on these terms matched with the top rated Wovoka. It is a little disappointing that the selection couldn't pick up where she left off last season when landing back to back races in this company with the filly's runs looking under par so far this term. There was a glimmer that she was showing some form last time and if she is back to near her best then she has the terms in her favour. Wovoka disappointed when trying one of these races last time out but he loves quick ground and his handicap win off a mark of 80 in May is the best bit of form on display here so it wouldn't be a surprise to see him going close. Lucayan Dancer has won three of his six starts at the track and while he has a bit to find according to the official ratings he is on top form and goes well in these conditions. Royal Fantasy wasn't far beaten in listed company last season but hasn't reproduced anything like that recently and with the others having plenty to find we opt for La Columbina.
Wovoka (IRE) 11-4fav (9-9) Held up, driven over 2f out, never able to challenge, 7th of 12, 13l behind Young Gladiator (8-9) at Newcastle 7f clm stks (6) gs in Jul.
Lucayan Dancer 5-1 (9-10) Held up towards rear, pushed along over 3f out, headway 2f out, soon ridden, edged left and went 2nd over 1f out, no chance with winner, 2nd of 11, 6l behind Tufton (9-6) at Redcar 1m 2f clm stks (6) gf in Jul.
Baltimore Jack (IRE) 11-2 (8-13) Chased leaders, ridden over 2f out, soon driven, one pace, 5th of 18, 6l behind Montiboli (8-13) at Ripon 1m hcp 0-65 (6) gs in Jun.
Royal Fantasy (IRE) 40-1 (9-4) Held up towards rear, good headway when not clear run approaching 2f out until approaching final furlong, switched right, ridden and stayed on, 4th of 9, 1 3/4l behind Castlebury (9-5) at Pontefract 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Jul.
La Columbina 3-1 (9-3) Prominent, ridden to chase leader briefly over 2f out, hung left over 1f out, weakened entering final furlong, 6th of 11, 17l behind Tufton (9-6) at Redcar 1m 2f clm stks (6) gf in Jul.
Roman History (IRE) 33-1 (9-5) Tracked leader, led over 6f out, ridden and headed well over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 9, 17l behind Keisha Kayleigh (8-12) at Newcastle 1m 2f sell stks (5) gf in Jun.
Reflective Glory (IRE) 66-1 (8-3) Prominent, ridden along halfway, soon beaten, last of 12, 27l behind Komreyev Star (8-11) at Southwell 1m hcap (6) fbs in Jan '08.
Glamoroso (IRE) 17-2 (9-0) Chased leaders, weakened over 3f out, 12th of 13, 27l behind High Five Society (9-0) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f stks (7) pol in Feb.
Pianoforte (USA) 16-1 (9-3) Always behind, 7th of 10, 11l behind Moody Tunes (9-4) at Carlisle 1m clm stks (6) gd in Jul.
Awaken 20-1 (8-9) 4th of 8, 4 1/2l behind Tour d'Amour (8-11) at Redcar 1m 2f fll hcp (5) fm in Jul.