Hakam won a maiden at Wolverhampton last month and there should be more to come from him now handicapping. Funding Deficit scored over track and trip last time and is upped 3lb but Baddilini failed to take advantage of a lower mark back on Turf at Brighton and has not won on this surface since 2012. The betting suggested AL KHAN (NAP) would run a big race at Thirsk and he duly went close despite suffering the indignity of being struck on the head by a rival jockey’s whip. Kevin Ryan’s charge gets another chance in this with Alejandro worth noting in the betting off his current mark.
Alejandro (IRE) 11-1 (8-13) Chased leaders on outside, under pressure halfway, weakened over 1f out, 7th of 9, 10l behind Maggie Pink (8-13) at Chester 7f hcp (3) gs in Sep.
Al Khan (IRE) 9-2cfav (9-7) Held up mid-division, headway over 2f out, led inside final furlong, kept on and headed towards finish, 2nd of 9, nk behind Ginger Jack (9-1) at Thirsk 1m hcp (4) gf in May.
Hakam (USA) 4-9fav (9-5) Held up in touch, smooth headway on outside over 2f out, went 2nd and challenged inside final furlong, stayed on to lead close home, won at Wolverhampton 7f mdn stks (5) pol in Apr beating Madame Butterfly (9-0) by 1/2l, 7 ran.
Funding Deficit (IRE) 7-1 (9-1) Held up, took keen hold, headway over 1f out, stayed on well to challenge inside final furlong, led towards finish, won at Ayr 7f hcp (4) gf in Apr beating Sea Wolf (9-4) by hd, 7 ran.
Baddilini 9-2 (9-2) Chased leaders, challenged on inside over 1f out, faded final furlong, 6th of 10, 4 1/2l behind Fingal's Cave (8-12) at Brighton 7f hcp (4) gs in Apr.
Favourite Treat (USA) 15-2 (9-1) Tracked leaders, ridden over 1f out, soon weakened, last of 9, 18 1/4l behind Taysh (9-6) at Catterick 7f hcp (4) gs in May.
Steal The Scene (IRE) 8-1 (8-11) Close up, ridden 2f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 8th of 15, 4 1/4l behind Fieldsman (8-13) at Newmarket 7f hcp (3) gf in May.