In a difficult race for punters to fathom, a chance is taken with Theatre Diva over the likes of Panthers Run, Petrovka and Autograph to name but a few. Kevin Ryan at least has his team in good trim judging by recent Flat results, so hopefully Theatre Diva will catch the winning habit as well after a string of placed efforts in Ireland. The ex-Dessie Hughes-trained mare ran well at Leopardstown in March and will definitely handle the soft ground, so it would be no surprise if she popped in first time out for her new stable. Panthers Run is another ex-Irish performer, successful in a Gowran Park bumper two years ago. He was beaten when falling on his British debut at Hexham in November and will have to improve on the bare form to warrant support here, plus he may need the run anyway. Petrovka put in a pleasing effort on his return from a break when second at Huntingdon recently. He should make a bold bid, while Autograph cannot be ruled out on his timber bow after the way that he made all here in a bumper last month. Akash may be one to consider when put into handicaps and the market should be noted for the rest, with Theatre Diva selected.
Akash (IRE) 7-2 (10-9) Tracked leaders, ridden and every chance 3 out, weakened last, 3rd of 13, 8l behind Dune Raider (11-2) at Worcester 2m mdn hdl (5) gf.
Delaware Trail 200-1 (10-12) Pulled hard in rear, hit 2nd, struggling 7th, soon tailed off, 7th of 9, well behind Green Tango (11-8) at Perth 2m nov chs (3) gf in Apr.
Fisby 66-1 (11-0) Always last, hit 3rd, no chance from 3 out, last of 6, 37l behind Pirate Flagship (11-8) at Cheltenham 2m 1f nov hdl (2) gd in Apr.
Kalani Star (IRE) 13-2 (8-11) Always prominent, chased winner 2f out, ridden over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 3rd of 9, 4l behind Gala Sunday (8-8) at W'hampton 1m 1f banded stk (7) pol (Flat).
Panthers Run 2-1jt-fav (11-11) Towards rear, headway and in touch 7f out, pushed along when fell in race won by Red Poker (11-4) at Hexham 2m nhf (H) gs in Nov, 11 ran.
Autograph 9-2 (11-0) Made all, clear from 3f out, unchallenged, won at Market Rasen 2m 1f mrs nhf (6) sft in Apr beating Clifton (10-1) by 10l, 10 ran.
Theatre Diva (IRE) 11-4fav (10-7) Tracked leaders, 4th halfway, ridden and no impression after 3 out, one pace, 4th of 14, 9l behind Hard To Credit (11-0) at Downpatrick 2m 2f mrs nov hdl gs in Mar.
Dance The Mambo 20-1 (10-3) Mid-division, ridden approaching 3 out, soon outpaced, 8th of 10, well behind Harry Flashman (11-0) at Hexham 2m nh nov hdl (4) gf.