Beaumont's Party has done brilliantly since joining Brian Ellison and has won on fast ground in the past, though never from a mark this high. VOODOO PRINCE, a close third in the November Handicap last year, reappeared to take what looked a good opportunity at Ripon in comfortable fashion and Graham Lee, who has ridden him to two successes, can steer him home again. Mijhaar has been narrowly beaten in Listed company but may find the ground a bit lively though conditions should be ideal for Area Fifty One, who is 5lb higher than for his comeback victory at Epsom. Sir John Hawkwood has only had five starts and made a winning debut at this time a year ago so the lack of a recent run shouldn't pose a problem for Sir Michael Stoute's progressive charge though he'll do better with a greater test of stamina. Assizes wasn't far behind him at Newmarket in August and is better off at the weights.
Mijhaar 9-4 (9-2) Raced keenly, led, ridden over 1f out, headed entering final furlong, rallied near finish, always held, 2nd of 5, nk behind Cracking Lass (8-11) at Leicester 1m 4f cond Stakes (3) sft in Oct.
Area Fifty One 10-1 (8-13) Tracked leader, led narrowly over 1f out, ridden and edged left inside final furlong, stayed on, won at Epsom Downs 1m 2f hcp 0-105 (2) gd in Apr beating Clayton (8-9) by 3/4l, 10 ran.
Voodoo Prince 11-8fav (8-9) Held up in touch, went 4th over 3f out, ridden to lead over 1f out, kept on, won at Ripon 1m 4f stks (3) gd in Apr beating Northside Prince (8-10) by 1l, 7 ran.
Sir John Hawkwood (IRE) 5-2fav (9-2) In rear, ridden over 3f out, headway under pressure over approaching final furlong, stayed on, not trouble leaders, 4th of 12, 3 1/2l behind Blue Surf (8-11) at Newbury 1m 2f hcp 105 (2) hvy in Oct.
Halfsin (IRE) 7-1 (9-12) Always towards rear, last of 12, 49l behind Navajo Chief (10-0) at York 1m 1f hcp 105 (2) sft in Jun.
Beaumont's Party (IRE) 3-1fav (9-7) In touch, not clear run approaching 2f out, soon switched right, led 1f out, ridden and ran on, won at Doncaster 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Apr beating Tres Coronas (8-12) by 2 3/4l, 16 ran.
Eshtibaak (IRE) 8-1 (8-10) Mid-division, headway to chase leaders over 2f out, no extra inside final furlong, 9th of 22, 4l behind Levitate (8-4) at Doncaster 1m hcp (4yo+) (2) sft in Mar.
Tellovoi (IRE) (9-12) 12th of 13 Fancy Beat (9-12) at Capannelle(ITY) 1m hcp gd in Jun.
Benzanno (IRE) 16-1 (9-2) Taken to post early, in touch, headway over 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 10th of 12, 9l behind Boonga Roogeta (8-5) at Newmarket 1m 1f hcp (2) gf.
Flying Power 7-2 (9-5) Took keen hold, prominent, not clear run on inside and bumped over 1f out, squeezed through to lead, edged right and headed well inside final furlong, 2nd of 7, 3/4l behind Hanoverian Baron (9-1) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcap (2) pol in Mar.
Assizes 3-1fav (9-0) Tracked leader, went 2nd 9f out, ridden and edged left over 1f out, no extra final 100 yards, last of 7, 5l behind Hanoverian Baron (9-1) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcap (2) pol in Mar.