Swiss import Oriental Fox has started at a big price in both outings for Mark Johnston but has run well in this grade without being quite good enough. Beyond Conceit scored over 1m4f at Epsom last month but will need to improve on last season's attempts over today's longer trip. He had MOLDOWNEY back in fifth at Epsom but the latter was making his seasonal debut and first start for the Cumani yard. Both trainer and jockey will know more about him now and he gets the nod. Arch Villain and Cousin Khee continue to show good progress but the former is preferred as they both step up in class while course and distance winner Lady Rosamunde isn't out of this with a capable 5lb claimer on board.
Oriental Fox (GER) 16-1 (9-4) Tracked leader, every chance over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on same pace, 6th of 12, 4 1/2l behind Sir John Hawkwood (9-12) at York 1m 4f hcp 0-105 (2) sft.
Beyond Conceit (IRE) 3-1fav (8-13) Made all, ridden 2f out, pressed inside final furlong, stayed on gamely, won at Epsom Downs 1m 4f hcp 0-95 (3) gd in Apr beating Kuda Huraa (8-12) by hd, 10 ran.
The Betchworth Kid 20-1 (9-9) Held up in last pair, never on terms, 11th of 13, 23l behind Sun Central (9-7) at Salisbury 1m 6f hcp 0-95 (3) gf.
Albert Bridge 7-2 (9-3) Mid-division, ridden over 2f out, weakened well over 1f out, 8th of 11, 9l behind Desert Recluse (8-12) at Kempton 2m hcp 0-105 (2) pol in Apr.
Moldowney 9-2 (9-1) Slowly into stride, held up, headway to chase leaders over 2f out, no impression final furlong, 5th of 10, 3 1/2l behind Beyond Conceit (8-13) at Epsom Downs 1m 4f hcp 0-95 (3) gd in Apr.
Porgy 7-1 (9-9) Slowly into stride, held up, not clear run just inside 2f out, headway over 1f out, ridden and every chance inside final furlong, ran on, 2nd of 11, nk behind Fleur De La Vie (9-2) at Wolverhampton 1m 6f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Apr.
Lady Rosamunde 10-1 (9-2) Held up, headway to chase leaders after 2f, weakened 2f out, 10th of 13, 21l behind Sun Central (9-7) at Salisbury 1m 6f hcp 0-95 (3) gf.
Sohar 12-1 (9-4) Tracked leader, led entering final 3f, ridden and hung left over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, ran on, 2nd of 14, 3/4l behind Ardlui (10-0) at Newmarket 2m hcp 0-90 (3) sft in Nov.
Arch Villain (IRE) 7-2fav (8-13) Led 2f, prominent, led over 1f out, ran on strongly final furlong, won at Newmarket 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) gd beating Ethics Girl (8-10) by 5l, 9 ran.
Cousin Khee 14-1 (9-1) Switched left soon after start, in rear, headway in centre from 2f out, led inside final furlong, ran on, won at York 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) gs beating Northside Prince (9-7) by 3/4l, 18 ran.