Another very tough puzzle for punters to solve as a few of these have been disappointing so far this term but are well handicapped on their best form. Franciscan is a prime example being 2lb lower than his last winning mark. Spanish Duke usually takes on stronger opposition but Calaf may be the best of Brian Ellison's quartet. Warlu Way, just caught in a valuable ladies' race at York 11 days ago, and Thirsk third War Poet are other to consider but Northside Prince struggles to get his head in front and this looks too sharp for Ethics Girl. AAZIF is a very similar type to Lexi's Boy, who won this last year for Donald McCain. Successful twice over hurdles at Sedgefield last month and just beaten in a decent handicap over timber at Aintree recently, he looks well treated back on the Flat and can take this.
Franciscan 14-1 (9-4) Slowly into stride, took keen hold, mid-division, headway 3f out, outpaced and edged left 2f out, no impression after, 9th of 12, 7l behind Sirvino (8-11) at York 1m 4f hcp 0-90 (3) gd in May.
Porgy 16-1 (9-0) Dwelt in rear, ridden and weakened 3f out, 9th of 10, 16l behind Arch Villain (8-12) at Goodwood 1m 6f hcp 0-105 (2) gs in May.
Scrapper Smith (IRE) 40-1 (8-10) Dwelt, held up towards rear, headway over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, 4th of 10, 8l behind Mijhaar (9-10) at Hamilton 1m 4f listed hcp 0-110 (1) gs in May.
Northside Prince (IRE) 4-1 (9-7) In touch, headway on outside over 3f out, ridden and outpaced over 2f out, rallied to modest 4th close home, 4th of 8, 10l behind Platinum (8-8) at Musselburgh 1m 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in May.
Warlu Way 22-1 (9-13) In touch, headway over 3f out, ridden to go 2nd over 1f out, led last 50 yards, caught post, 2nd of 17, ns behind Nanton (10-1) at York 1m 4f ladys hcp 0-95 (3) gf.
Spanish Duke (IRE) 14-1 (8-11) Dwelt, in rear and keen, never dangerous, 10th of 12, 12l behind Sir John Hawkwood (9-12) at York 1m 4f hcp 0-105 (2) sft in May.
Calaf 20-1 (8-7) Chased winner, ridden over 1f out, lost 2nd inside final furlong, one pace into 4th towards finish, 4th of 12, 2 1/4l behind Area Fifty One (9-9) at Chester 1m 2f hcp 105 (2) gd.
Aazif (IRE) 4-1 (9-7) Led, headed over 10f out, prominent, ridden over 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 11, 7l behind Arch Villain (9-3) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Oct.
Eltheeb 16-1 (8-11) Towards rear, driven and headway over 2f out, soon ridden, stayed on to take 4th inside final furlong, no impression with leaders, 4th of 11, 6l behind Clon Brulee (9-1) at Redcar 1m 2f hcp 105 (2) gf in May.
Tappanappa (IRE) 16-1 (8-10) Dwelt, towards rear, headway over 1f out, kept on and no impression, 7th of 14, 14l behind De Rigueur (8-13) at Haydock 2m hcp 0-100 (2) gf.
War Poet 15-2 (9-3) Held up towards rear, headway to chase leaders over 2f out, every chance over 1f out, no extra closing stages, 3rd of 10, 3/4l behind Fennell Bay (9-7) at Thirsk 1m 4f hcp 0-90 (3) gf.
Classic Punch (IRE) 3-1 (9-4) Chased leader, weakened over 1f out, soon eased, last of 7, 23l behind Garde Cotiere (9-7) at Beverley 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in May.
Demolition 8-1 (9-6) Held up, headway on inner 3f out, ridden to chase winner entering final furlong, no impression and lost 2nd close home, 3rd of 8, 5l behind San Cassiano (8-12) at Ripon 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gf.
Cousin Khee 5-1 (8-8) Held up, ridden 2f out, kept on final furlong, never a factor, 6th of 10, 4 1/2l behind Arch Villain (8-12) at Goodwood 1m 6f hcp 0-105 (2) gs in May.
Ethics Girl (IRE) 10-1 (8-10) Close up, ridden over 2f out, switched left over 1f out, ridden to chase clear winner inside final furlong, 2nd of 9, 5l behind Arch Villain (8-13) at Newmarket 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in May.
Mica Mika (IRE) 11-1 (9-3) Tracked leader, challenged 3f out, soon ridden, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 8, 7l behind Taglietelle (8-11) at Newmarket 1m 7f hcp 0-85 (4) gf.
Royal Peculiar 6-1 (9-1) Chased leaders, driven and effort over 2f out, faded final furlong, 4th of 10, 2 1/4l behind Fennell Bay (9-7) at Thirsk 1m 4f hcp 0-90 (3) gf.