A big drop in class could see Arley Hall return to form but Lord Franklin is facing different conditions to his recent soft ground victory over a mile at Hamilton. Luctor Emergo has strong claims despite a penalty having recorded a double over C&D earlier this month and he had the re-opposing SCHMOOZE back in third in testing ground on the first occasion. The latter has since gone close here on a faster surface and can take her revenge on better terms today. Little Red Minx and Firefly will need to improve to get involved.
Arley Hall 3-1 (8-8) Took keen hold, tracked winner until 9f out, went 2nd again briefly over 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 4th of 5, 13l behind Scarlet Whispers (9-4) at Ripon 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) sft.
Luctor Emergo (IRE) 6-4fav (8-9) Chased leaders, led going well over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, idled in front inside final furlong, driven out, won at Ayr 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) sft beating Cadgers Brig (9-8) by 1 1/2l, 7 ran.
Lord Franklin 2-1fav (8-4) Tracked leaders in 3rd, joined leader over 3f out, led over 2f out, held on well towards finish, won at Hamilton 1m 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) sft beating Poontoon (8-11) by 1l, 8 ran.
Little Red Minx (IRE) 12-1 (8-13) In rear, headway well over 1f out, ridden and kept on inside final furlong, 6th of 8, 3l behind Spartilla (9-4) at Kempton 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Feb.
Schmooze (IRE) 6-1 (8-1) Held up towards rear, headway over 1f out, soon ridden, chased winner inside final furlong, kept on towards finish, 2nd of 8, 1l behind Royal Straight (9-8) at Ayr 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) gd.
Firefly 20-1 (8-8) Towards rear, soon in rear, not much room over 1f out, switched left and headway entering final furlong, kept on, 6th of 11, 4 1/2l behind Forster Street (9-1) at Beverley 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) gf.