DESTINYS DREAM has looked very unlucky on her last two visits to the track but can gain her supporters compensation by beating Follow The Flag, Brockfield and Bollin Greta. Our selection was ahead of Brockfield when they took in a handicap at Newcastle and she may well have won but for being trapped on the rail when the winner kicked clear. She's up 3lbs in the ratings but that may not have stopped her last time and, whilst this is arguably tougher, her price should reflect that and therefore represent good value. Follow The Flag won nicely under this rider last time and a 4lb rise doesn't appear harsh. The concern with him is he's not yet won over this far, but the gelding is in rude health and looks mildly progressive so can't be ruled out. Brockfield is strictly held by our pick but the feeling is he ran flat the last day and maybe he'll have been coaxed back to his best, however he'd have been of more interest if given a little more time to regather himself. Bollin Greta ran well on her first start for almost a year last time and should have come on for it but she's going to be seen to better effect when stepped up in trip. Hunters Belt was good enough to win a bumper and can't be ruled out for a yard in decent form on this handicap debut, whilst Red Kestrel is well treated on the pick of his form and Kevin Ryan should find a race for him in time. Ubi Ace should improve for his first run in over a year but the bounce factor has to be considered and we much prefer Destinys Dream.
Follow The Flag (IRE) 6-1 (8-5) Tracked leader, ridden to challenge over 2f out, led inside final furlong, ran on well, won at Doncaster 1m 2f app hcp (0-85) (4yo+) (4) gf beating Thunderstruck (8-9) by 2l, 9 ran.
Red Kestrel (USA) 16-1 (8-13) Switched left soon after start, mid-division, ridden and weakened over 2f out, last of 11, 46l behind Red Jade (9-0) at Doncaster 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Mar.
Veroon (IRE) 12-1 (8-5) Led, ridden 2f out, headed narrowly 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 4th of 9, 4l behind Shavansky (8-13) at Nottingham 1m 2f hcp 0-90 (3) fm in Apr.
Amazing Blue Sky 28-1 (8-12) Mid-division, ridden and weakened over 1f out, last of 10, 8l behind Kames Park (9-1) at Beverley 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Apr.
Carnac (IRE) 33-1 (9-4) Held up towards rear, ridden over 2f out, soon weakened, last of 7, 24l behind Carlton Scroop (8-7) at Doncaster 1m 4f hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Apr.
Ubi Ace 50-1 (8-10) Held up towards rear, ridden over 1f out, stayed on final furlong, 6th of 13, 6l behind King Fingal (8-9) at Beverley 1m 2f hcp 0-80 (4) gd.
Bollin Greta 4-1 (8-13) Tracked leaders, ridden over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 5th of 7, 2 1/4l behind Carlton Scroop (8-7) at Doncaster 1m 4f hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Apr.
Destinys Dream (IRE) 2-1fav (9-1) Held up in touch, switched right 2f out, soon headway, kept on and chased winner towards finish, 2nd of 11, 1/2l behind Monreale (9-1) at Newcastle 1m 4f hcp 0-70 (5) gf.
Hunters Belt (IRE) 3-1 (10-0) In rear, ridden and headway 2f out, kept on to go a never nearer 3rd inside final furlong, 3rd of 8, 9l behind Goodlukin Lucy (8-0) at Musselburgh 1m 4f mdn stks (5) gs in Apr.
Rosewin (IRE) 9-2 (8-4) Held up, ridden 3f out, never on terms, 6th of 9, 25l behind Rayhani (9-9) at Catterick 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Oct.
Brockfield 9-2 (9-1) Tracked leader, led over 2f out, soon ridden and headed, one pace, 5th of 11, 7l behind Monreale (9-1) at Newcastle 1m 4f hcp 0-70 (5) gf.
Umverti 11-1 (9-2) Led, ridden and headed 1f out, soon weakened, 4th of 7, 5l behind Antigua Sunrise (9-8) at Pontefract 1m 2f flls hcp 0-130 (3) gf in Apr.
Spahi (FR) 20-1 (9-4) Chased clear leader, led over 2f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, weakened 1f out, 5th of 10, 13l behind That'll Do Nicely (8-7) at Catterick 1m 4f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Apr.
Regal Lyric (IRE) 11-2 (8-10) Held up in rear, soon chasing leaders, one pace final furlong, 3rd of 9, 1l behind Bow To No One (8-5) at Pontefract 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Oct.