Party Doctor comes out best at the weights but hasn't raced since 2011 and it doesn't bode well to see Hawk Mountain make his reappearance at this level. Just Lille will have come on for her recent return to action and course specialist Eijaaz has claims having finished just ahead of Roc De Prince in a handicap here recently. ROYAL OPERA won over 1m6f here last month but was predictably well beaten in better company at Beverley last time. Brian Ellison's charge gets the nod dropping back down in class.
Hawk Mountain (UAE) 9-1 (9-0) Mid-division, outpaced over 3f out, kept on same pace final 2f, never on terms, 8th of 14, 9l behind Herostatus (9-0) at York 2m hcp 0-90 (3) gf in Jul.
Roc De Prince 7-2 (9-5) Set strong pace, 5 lengthes clear over 2f out, headed inside final furlong, no extra, 3rd of 14, 1 3/4l behind Bright Applause (9-3) at Catterick 1m 4f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Apr.
Party Doctor 25-1 (8-8) Tracked leader, ridden over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 14th of 18, 8l behind St Moritz (9-2) at York 1m listed hcp 0-110 (1) gd in May '11.
Just Lille (IRE) 5-2 (8-5) Pulled hard and saddle slippped soon after start, led, headed over 3f out, soon no chance with winner, ridden over 1f out, not recover, 2nd of 4, 5l behind Noguchi (9-1) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f clm stks (6) pol in Apr.
Blue Top 3-1fav (8-7) Always towards rear, never involved, 10th of 16, 12l behind Praxios (8-11) at Beverley 1m app stks (6) fm in Sep.
Royal Opera 10-1 (8-8) Soon led and clear, reduced lead 7f out, ridden and headed 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 8, 6l behind Fennell Bay (9-6) at Beverley 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Apr.
Eijaaz (IRE) 20-1 (8-5) Mid-division, headway over 3f out, chased leaders over 2f out, led inside final furlong, headed towards finish, 2nd of 14, 1/2l behind Bright Applause (9-3) at Catterick 1m 4f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Apr.
Fa'side Castle (IRE) 80-1 (8-7) In touch, weakened over 3f out, 12th of 13, 35l behind Modernism (8-7) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f mdn stks (5) pol in Mar '12.
Sinatramania 17-2 (9-0) Tracked leaders, outpaced over 2f out, kept on same pace, ridden and no impression from over 1f out, 7th of 13, 17l behind Zenarinda (8-9) at Redcar 1m 2f sell stks (5) sft in Oct.
Wesleydale (IRE) 66-1 (9-4) Mid-division, pushed along and outpaced over 3f out, 9th of 11, 42l behind Biggins Boy (9-5) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f mdn stks (5) pol in Jan.
Croftamie 14-1 (9-1) Led, headed 2f out, soon ridden, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 12, 8l behind Titus Bolt (9-0) at Newcastle 1m 2f hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Apr.
Sally Friday (IRE) 33-1 (8-7) Slowly away, held up in rear, pushed along over 3f out, never a factor, 8th of 12, 8l behind Royal Opera (9-2) at Catterick 1m 6f hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Apr.