KELLYS EYE has already shown his liking for this venue with a pair of recent course and distance wins and might just be capable of completing a hat-trick, although Flaneur is very much a danger and both Little Scotland and Makbullet can go well. The last-named is also a previous course and distance scorer, having taken a maiden on good ground in August of last year. He has not fared so well in stronger company in his only two subsequent runs, but with a slip in the weights to a mark of 77 and the good form of the yard a plus he is not ruled out. Little Scotland broke her maiden tag at Chester in May but looks plenty high enough in the handicap given that the form of that win has not been franked by any of her opponents and although she will act on good ground we will take her on. Flaneur is another last-time winner, landing a classified contest at Haydock around a month ago on good to firm. However, she has also won on good to soft and the form of that recent success has been given a more solid look with the runner-up going close again since. From a 3lb higher mark and with the yard going well she is feared. Fly Silca Fly goes on any ground but has been beaten from this sort of mark in the past and so can be opposed, which brings us to Kellys Eye. David Brown's gelding has done little but improve and is suited by good ground or some cut. He was good enough to defy a 6lb rise to win here last time out and the manner of his success suggested that there was still more untapped potential, which we hope he can realise tonight.
Little Scotland 5-6fav (8-12) Broke well, soon tracking leader, driven over 2f out, every chance approaching final furlong, stayed on under pressure to lead well inside final furlong, ridden out, won at Chester 6f 3yo mdn (4) gf in May beating Song Of Parkes (8-12) by 3/4l, 4 ran.
Edgewater (IRE) 7-1 (9-1) Held up in mid-division, some headway over 1f out, stayed on well, never able to challenge, 5th of 15, 5l behind Fireback (8-6) at Lingfield 7f 3yo hcp 0-90 (3) gf in May.
Kellys Eye (IRE) 13-8fav (9-2) Mid-division, switched right 2f out, headway over 1f out, ridden to lead inside final furlong, soon edged left and kept on, won at Ripon 6f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gd beating Nubar Boy (8-5) by 2 1/4l, 11 ran.
Fly Silca Fly (IRE) 7-1 (8-12) Tracked leader until ridden halfway, rallied to have every chance over 1f out, ridden and stayed on to lead towards finish, won at Newmarket 6f 3yo fll hcp 0-85 (4) gd in May beating Bahati (9-3) by 1/2l, 10 ran.
Flaneur 9-2 (9-0) Chased leader on outside, switched right to rail over 2f out, led over 1f out, driven and edged left inside final furlong, ran on, won at Haydock 6f 3yo stk 0-80 (4) gf in May beating Excellent Guest (9-0) by 3/4l, 9 ran.
Makbullet 7-1 (9-2) Tracked leader, ridden over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 6, 4l behind Gap Princess (9-4) at Catterick 6f hcp 0-80 (4) gf in May.
Schoolboy Champ 15-2 (8-3) In touch, ridden over 1f out, effort when not much room on rail inside final furlong, kept on, 4th of 8, 4l behind Russian Rock (9-4) at Windsor 5f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gd in May.