In a trappy finale, we will side with Firework, from a shortlist that also included Polar Force and Fair Compton. The selection is just that because he is well-weighted on the best of his winning form last summer, being three pounds below a winning mark, in fact. He made late headway on his last run and, all things considered, has as good a profile as most for this sprint. Polar Force has been raised 11 pounds for a Yarmouth win, but the upside is that he comes here in good heart and also acts at the track. Fair Compton is also back to a winning mark from last summer (although that did come on good to soft) so is afforded respect also. Of the others, My Girl Pearl is on the mark from which she won at Chepstow last September, while Blue Knight and Aintnecessarilyso are closely weighted based on recent Southwell runs, and both are capable of fair runs. Forest Dane might show some improvement for the drop in trip and Smirfy's Party is feasibly weighted on the best of his Turf form of the last 12 months. Overall, though, we will stick with Firework.
Summer Recluse (USA) 50-1 (8-13) Slowly into stride, held up, effort on outside over 2f out, hung left over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 9th of 14, 4 1/2l behind Landucci (9-3) at Brighton 7f hcp (5) gf.
Miss Judgement (IRE) 14-1 (9-6) Mid-division, weakened over 1f out, 16th of 20, 13l behind Louisiade (9-7) at Redcar 6f hcp (6) gf.
Firework 20-1 (8-9) Behind, some late headway final furlong, never nearer, 7th of 15, 6l behind High Ridge (9-3) at Bath 6f hcp (5) frm.
Blue Knight (IRE) 11-1 (9-4) Mid-division, ridden and hung left halfway, stayed on final furlong, 5th of 20, 3l behind Louisiade (9-7) at Redcar 6f hcp (6) gf.
Fair Compton 10-1 (8-13) In touch stands' side, ridden 2f out, one pace final furlong, 5th of 14, 3l behind Karminskey Park (8-12) at Nottingham 6f fll hcp (5) gd in Apr.
Aintnecessarilyso 20-1 (9-2) Never better than mid-division of stands' side group, 12th of 17, 7l behind Banjo Bay (9-2) at Nottingham 6f app hcp (6) gd.
Global Achiever 11-2 (9-5) Towards rear, never near to challenge, 9th of 16, 8l behind Camille Pissarro (9-11) at Nottingham 6f stk (7) gd.
Forest Dane 12-1 (8-5) In touch, ridden over 2f out, soon weakened, 9th of 18, 10l behind Blue Java (9-1) at Salisbury 7f app hcp (5) gf.
Secret Vision (USA) 4-1 (9-0) Slowly into stride, held up, headway on inside halfway, soon one pace, 8th of 14, 8l behind Blakeshall Quest (9-2) at Southwell 6f stk (7) fbs.
Smirfys Party 7-1 (9-3) Chased leader to over 1f out, not quicken inside final furlong, 4th of 12, 2l behind Torrent (9-2) at W'hampton 5f stk (7) pol.
Tirailleur (IRE) 14-1 (8-8) Took keen hold, tracked leader, ridden over 3f out, weakened 2f out, 7th of 13, 14l behind Halcyon Magic (8-6) at Lingfield 1m 2f stk (7) pol.
My Girl Pearl (IRE) 20-1 (9-0) Prominent on far side, led 3f out, headed and weakened 2f out, 16th of 19, 17l behind Zafarshah (9-10) at Chepstow 7f hcp (6) gs.
Avit (IRE) 5-1 (9-0) Started slowly, in rear, headway over 1f out, ran on strongly inside final furlong, not reach winner, 2nd of 10, 1/2l behind Blessed Place (8-9) at Lingfield 6f app stk (7) pol.
Harbour House 12-1 (9-7) Behind, driven on inner over 1f out, soon one pace and no impression, 7th of 11, 7l behind Law Maker (9-7) at Lingfield 6f stk (7) pol in Apr.
Polar Force 8-1 (8-10) Made all, ridden clear over 1f out, won at Yarmouth 6f hcp (6) gs beating Mugeba (9-2) by 2 1/2l, 16 ran.
Linda Green 6-1 (8-8) Towards rear, pushed along halfway, kept on same pace final 2f, 7th of 15, 3 1/2l behind Tedsdale Mac (8-13) at Carlisle 6f hcp (5) gf.