Dance To My Tune often flatters to deceive, but is given another chance ahead of Bendarshaan, Bramantino, Millennium Hall and Vicious Prince. The selection was sent off as favourite at Ripon last time on the strength of some consistent efforts without winning this season, and looked all set to collect as she cruised up to the leaders on the bit a furlong out, but once again found little in the finish and had to settle for third. She has to be produced at just the right time and regular pilot Paul Mulrennan may try to leave it even later this time as the pair bid to put matters right. Dance To My Tune was second to Bramantino at Newcastle the time before last but over this ever so slightly shorter trip can turn the tables despite being a bit worse off at the weights. The latter himself was a beaten favourite at Carlisle last time but the ground was on the fast side then. Bendarshaan seems to struggle at this distance and although he is likely to be in contention, may find on e or two a bit too speedy in the finish. Millennium Hall has a six-pound penalty and a lift in grade to contend with, and Vicious Prince is likely to find this on the short side. As long as she does not bottle it again, Dance To My Tune has things in her favour and can finally come good.
Backgammon 8-1 (9-4) Held up in touch, pushed along over 3f out, ridden and one pace towards finish, 4th of 6, 4l behind Marias Magic (8-13) at Carlisle 1m 4f hcp (4) frm in May.
Bendarshaan 7-2 (9-3) Tracked leader, pushed along over 3f out, ridden, every chance over 1f out, one pace final furlong, 3rd of 6, 3 1/2l behind Grampian (10-0) at Thirsk 1m 4f hcp (3) gd in May.
Mexican Pete 14-1 (8-13) Behind, ridden and headway over 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 5th of 11, 14l behind Sporting Gesture (8-6) at Doncaster 1m 4f hcp (4) gf in May.
Dance To My Tune 3-1fav (9-6) Held up, headway to track winner 3f out, shaken up to lead over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, no extra, 3rd of 9, 1 1/2l behind Nessen Dorma (10-0) at Ripon 1m 4f hcp (5) sft in May.
Bramantino (IRE) 11-4fav (8-9) Held up towards rear, pushed along over 3f out, ridden and kept on one pace final 2f, 3rd of 6, 4l behind Marias Magic (8-13) at Carlisle 1m 4f hcp (4) frm in May.
Vicious Prince (IRE) 10-3 (9-3) In touch, pushed along, headway 3f out, ridden 2f out to chase winner final furlong, 2nd of 6, 2l behind Prairie Sun (8-4) at Ripon 2m hcp (5) sft in May.
Millennium Hall 9-2 (8-9) Held up and keen early, led halfway, ridden over 2f out, kept on well, won at Hamilton 1m 5f hcp (5) gs beating Scurra (8-1) by 3/4l, 9 ran.