Hot Mustard makes a fifth visit to Yarmouth this term and while Michael Bell's gelding is rarely too far away, he may have to play second fiddle to OCEAN APPLAUSE. A record of just one win from 32 starts would be enough to put anyone off John Ryan's gelding but he ran well earlier in the week at Beverley and Joe Doyle's 5lb claim could prove invaluable. Jonnie Skull was sixth in an early-season handicap at Newmarket and off an 8lb lower mark, he can be competitive. Don't Be was easy to back on his British debut last month and Sir Mark Prescott's filly is worthy of another market check. Sbraase failed to justify substantial market confidence at Newcastle on his latest start, whilst the handicapper was unable to reassess Frontline Phantom following his victory at Nottingham and life will be no easier after another hike up the weights.
Ocean Applause 10-1 (9-7) Raced wide towards rear, ridden over 1f out, ran on, not reach leaders, 3rd of 10, 4 1/2l behind Rainbow Rock (8-13) at Beverley 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) gd.
Don't Be 10-1 (9-4) Took keen hold tracking leader, pushed along and every chance 2f out, ridden chasing winner over 1f out, 3rd when edged right and one pace inside final furlong, 3rd of 5, 4l behind Pearl Nation (9-6) at Yarmouth 7f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Jun.
Sbraase 5-2 (8-10) Held up behind leaders, ridden over 1f out, never able to get on terms, 5th of 6, 2 1/2l behind Big Storm Coming (8-12) at Newcastle 1m hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Jun.
Frontline Phantom (IRE) 3-1 (9-7) Held up mid-division, ridden over 2f out, kept on same pace, 6th of 12, 11l behind Gabrial The Thug (9-2) at Newcastle 1m 2f hcp 0-60 (6) gf in Jun.
Jonnie Skull (IRE) 9-1 (9-4) Led and set good pace, clear halfway, ridden and headed over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 7, 7l behind Siouxperhero (9-3) at Brighton 1m hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Guaracha 25-1 (8-13) Tracked leader until 7f out, ridden and lost place over 4f out, weakened over 2f out, last of 5, 24l behind Wee Frankie (9-3) at Haydock 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) sft.
Hot Mustard 6-1 (9-1) Close up behind leaders, ridden over 2f out, effort entering final furlong, kept on to go 2nd towards finish, 2nd of 5, 1 1/2l behind Global Leader (9-8) at Yarmouth 1m hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
L Ge R 25-1 (8-2) Held up mid-division, ridden and weakened over 1f out, last of 10, 31l behind Lungarno Palace (9-5) at Newmarket 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Jun.