Storm Lightning displayed form for the first time since joining his current yard from Dermot Weld when dropped back to the minimum trip in an ordinary Class 5 contest at Leicester but he's a player here if building on that improved performance. Amber Heights regularly compromises her chance at the start with a tardy stalls exit and did so when last seen at Bath before running on when various birds had flown. Fergus Sweeney takes over from Amy Scott and the additional half-furlong will aid her cause. BELLE BAYARDO is more reliable, though, and is narrowly preferred having just been run down in the closing yards at Chepstow last time. He's been campaigned almost exclusively over 6f for the past two years but it's worth noting that his three successes in 2010 all came over 5f - this intermediate trip should suit well.
Storm Lightning 12-1 (10-2) Chased leaders, every chance over 1f out, no extra towards finish, 3rd of 9, 2l behind Noodles Blue Boy (10-7) at Leicester 5f ladies hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Jun.
Belle Bayardo (IRE) 7-2fav (9-6) In touch, headway over 2f out, soon ridden, led inside final furlong, kept on and headed towards finish, 2nd of 11, nk behind Jack My Boy (9-9) at Chepstow 6f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Jun.
Sole Danser (IRE) 9-2 (9-11) In touch in rear, not clear run over 1f out, switched left and ran on, not reached leaders, 4th of 10, 5l behind Crimson Queen (9-7) at Newbury 5f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Jun.
Amber Heights 9-2fav (8-10) Restless in stalls, started very slowly, well behind, headway over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, never able to recover, 7th of 11, 8l behind Powerful Wind (9-1) at Bath 5f hcp 0-70 (5) fm in Jun.
Volito 18-1 (9-13) Slowly into stride, held up in rear, never on terms, 9th of 10, 6l behind Artful Lady (9-7) at Warwick 6f ldy hcp 0-65 (6) gf in May.
Emerald Girl (IRE) 16-1 (8-11) Never on terms, 10th of 12, 17l behind Minortransgression (9-1) at Southwell 1m hcp 0-52 (6) fbs in Nov '11.
Rutterkin (USA) 50-1 (8-2) Mid-division, headway over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, one pace inside final furlong, 6th of 9, 7l behind Indego Blues (9-13) at Carlisle 6f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Jun.
Farmers Dream (IRE) 10-1 (8-6) Chased leaders, weakened entering final furlong, 6th of 9, 5l behind Steel Rain (9-5) at Chepstow 5f hcp 0-60 (6) gf in Jun.