Newmarket third Assizes looks the pick of Mark Johnston's trio but soft ground could be a problem. Calaf, Pokfulham and Staff Sergeant may also be better on a quicker surface but in-form Edmaaj won't be inconvenienced and should go close again while Cape Rising won on soft going over 1m6f at Haydock last month and will be staying on when others have cried enough. LEXINGTON BAY came good around this time last year and showed a bit more when second in a four-runner race at Nottingham 10 days ago. He's still a couple of pounds higher than his last winning mark but Lucy Alexander takes off 3lb and Richard Fahey's four-year-old could be the one today.
Hillview Boy (IRE) 28-1 (8-11) Mid-division, steady headway 3f out, effort 2f out, soon ridden and one pace, no impression final furlong, 9th of 18, 12l behind King's Warrior (8-9) at York 1m 2f hcp (2) gd in Jul.
Edmaaj (IRE) 11-1 (9-11) Tracked leaders, led after 4f, ridden over 1f out, soon headed, one pace and no chance with winner, 2nd of 8, 4 1/2l behind Sir Graham Wade (9-0) at Pontefract 1m 4f hcp 0-95 (3) gf.
Northside Prince (IRE) 15-2 (9-5) Tracked leader, ridden over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 3rd of 8, 6l behind Sir Graham Wade (9-0) at Pontefract 1m 4f hcp 0-95 (3) gf.
Scrapper Smith (IRE) 9-1 (8-11) Held up behind, headway 3f out, ridden and effort inside final 2f, kept on same pace, no impression inside final furlong, 6th of 14, 8l behind Bollin Greta (8-11) at York 1m 4f hcp 0-100 (2) gs in Jul.
Lexington Bay (IRE) 4-1 (9-8) In rear and in touch, in 3rd place, ridden over 2f out, kept on to take 2nd place close home, no chance with winner, 2nd of 4, 3 1/2l behind Gosbeck (9-5) at Nottingham 1m 6f hcp 0-90 (3) gf.
Merchant Of Dubai 10-1 (9-9) Held up in 9th, ridden and no progress 3f out, 6th of 10, 22l behind Romeo Montague (9-11) at Ascot 2m hcp 0-95 (3) sft in Jul.
Becausewecan (USA) 10-1 (9-0) Led early, tracked leader, ridden and lost place over 1f out, faded inside final furlong, 5th of 10, 6l behind Address Unknown (9-11) at Ascot 2m hcp 0-100 (2) gf.
Calaf 15-2 (8-13) Tracked leading pair, ridden inside final 2f, kept on under pressure inside final furlong, no extra towards finish, 7th of 11, 1 1/2l behind Silvery Moon (9-6) at Doncaster 1m 2f hcp 0-100 (2) gf.
Assizes 7-2fav (8-5) In touch, headway to chase leaders 3f out, led over 2f out, headed 2f out, chased leader until inside final furlong, stayed on same pace, 3rd of 10, 2l behind Sir John Hawkwood (9-0) at Newmarket 1m 2f hcp 0-100 (2) gf.
Cape Rising (IRE) 3-1fav (9-7) Held up in touch, took keen hold, closed over 3f out, led over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, stayed on, 3rd of 9, hd behind Daring Indian (9-2) at Haydock 1m 6f hcp 0-80 (4) gd.
Pokfulham (IRE) 6-1 (9-2) Led, 3 lengths clear over 2f out, soon ridden, pressed from over 1f out, headed narrowly inside final furlong, rallied to lead final strides, won at Newcastle 2m hcp 0-80 (4) hvy in Jun beating Rock Relief (8-2) by ns, 7 ran.
Staff Sergeant 5-1 (9-10) Held up, ridden and headway over 1f out, stayed on to go 2nd inside final furlong, no chance with winner, 2nd of 8, 9l behind Royal Straight (8-13) at Ayr 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Jul.
Bordoni (USA) 25-1 (8-13) Slowly into stride, in rear, headway over 3f out, not clear run over 2f out, edged left over 1f out, no impression, 7th of 12, 10l behind Scatter Dice (8-7) at Musselburgh 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) gs in Jun.
Moidore 4-1 (9-4) Led, ridden 2f out, headed over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 11, 9l behind Gospel Choir (9-7) at Ascot 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gs in Jul.
Deepsand (IRE) 9-2 (9-6) Held up towards rear, ridden and headway 1f out, kept on to take 3rd inside final furlong, 3rd of 7, 3 1/2l behind Brockwell (9-3) at Haydock 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) gd.