This is quite a competitive handicap but it could pay to take a chance on FIRE UP THE BAND; the list of alternatives is headed by Weet A Surprise, Woqoodd and Eleanor Eloise. The selection is a useful performer on his day and although he has been a little disappointing of late, he does have a decent strike-rate on the all-weather. Weet A Surprise is another with some decent all-weather form but the simple fact is that he has not managed to get his head in front since 2007 so it is hard to be too confident about his chance today. Woqoodd ran his best race for a while at Lingfield last time and he has the plum draw so Derek Shaw's runner has to be respected. Eleanor Eloise may find this trip a little on the sharp side and she has also been drawn in the car park which will make life tough. There are plenty in with chances here and we will seek some value and side with Fire Up The Band.
Lithaam (IRE) 10-1 (9-0) Led 1f, chased leaders, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 9th of 12, 6l behind Argentine (8-10) at Southwell 5f hcp 0-60 (6) fbs in Mar.
Fizzlephut (IRE) 25-1 (9-0) Chased leaders to 2f out, weakened quickly well over 1f out, 10th of 11, 16l behind Garstang (9-10) at Kempton 5f hcp 0-70 (5) pol.
Albero di Giuda (IRE) 8-1 (8-10) Raced wide, mid-division, ridden and one pace when edged left over 1f out, 5th of 11, 7l behind Desperate Dan (9-11) at Wolverhampton 5f sell stks (6) pol in Mar.
Weet A Surprise 20-1 (8-4) In rear, headway on outer 2f out, stayed on final furlong, 4th of 13, 4l behind Imperial Sword (8-9) at Haydock 5f app hcp 0-70 (5) hvy in May.
Decider (USA) 16-1 (9-0) Chased leaders, ridden halfway, weakened inside final furlong, 11th of 13, 13l behind Loose Caboose (9-1) at Southwell 5f hcp 0-60 (6) fbs in May.
Coconut Moon 28-1 (8-11) Tracked leaders, ridden and weakened from halfway, 11th of 13, 8l behind Thunder Bay (9-2) at Musselburgh 5f hcp 0-65 (6) gf in May.
Blakeshall Diamond 12-1 (9-2) In touch, ridden 2f out, weakened final furlong, 7th of 8, 3 1/2l behind Summer Rose (8-10) at Lingfield 5f hcp (6) pol in Dec.
Eleanor Eloise (USA) 5-1 (9-2) Disputed lead, led over 3f out, weakening when headed approaching final furlong, 7th of 13, 6l behind Takitwo (9-4) at Kempton 7f hcap (6) pol in Jan.
Mr Funshine 33-1 (7-13) Reared start, always rear, in touch 2f out, soon ridden, never dangerous from over 1f out, weakened final furlong, last of 6, 10l behind Lemon N Sugar (9-2) at Lingfield 6f hacp 0-70 (5) pol in May.
Fire Up The Band 22-1 (8-9) In touch, ridden and weakened soon after halfway, last of 8, 12l behind Desperate Dan (9-0) at Wolverhampton 5f sell stks (6) pol in Feb.
Woqoodd 11-2 (8-11) 2nd of 8, 3/4l behind Summer Rose (8-10) at Lingfield 5f hcp (6) pol in Dec.
Nusoor (IRE) 16-1 (9-3) Chased leaders, soon outpaced, beaten from halfway, 12th of 13, 10l behind Thunder Bay (9-2) at Musselburgh 5f hcp 0-65 (6) gf in May.
Sovereignty (JPN) 16-1 (9-10) Raced on outside, hung badly right to far rail over 2f out, always in rear, last of 16, 30l behind Shaded Edge (10-7) at Salisbury 7f ldy hcp 0-65 (6) gf in May.