Consistency has been the key for Sam Sharp (and no-one would begrudge his owner a win) however LADY LUACHMHAR looked a horse to follow last year and can make a winning reappearance ahead of Prince Of Johanne. Richard Fahey's Galileo filly was not at her best when seen at York in October but she has won here before and her mark of 82 doesn't look prohibitive. She won on her second start last season but if fully tuned up to go today then for an in-form yard she looks worth backing. Prince Of Johanne has a run under his belt and on a literal reading of his run behind Honimiere in September he looks well-handicapped, Resurge is now 10lb lower than when going close at Ascot last July, whilst Jawaab is a course winner who makes his seasonal reappearance this afternoon. Ahlawy's best efforts over the winter have come in a lesser grade, so a bigger threat could be Tropical Blue. He is still a maiden but he looks to have improved for cheek-pieces and his second to Maxim Gorky in April looks solid. An open handicap but the nod goes to Lady Luachmhar.
Prince Of Johanne (IRE) 25-1 (8-12) Mid-division, ridden 3f out, weakened 2f out, 7th of 9, 8l behind Shavansky (8-13) at Nottingham 1m 2f hcp 0-90 (3) fm in Apr.
Lady Luachmhar (IRE) 3-1fav (8-10) Pulled hard, raced wide in touch, chased leader over 6f out, ridden and one pace final 2f, 6th of 18, 4 1/2l behind Trip The Light (9-5) at York 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Oct.
Sam Sharp (USA) 9-2 (8-7) Mid-division, pushed along and headway from 2f out, effort to join winner well inside final furlong, ran on just held, 2nd of 9, ns behind Shavansky (8-13) at Nottingham 1m 2f hcp 0-90 (3) fm in Apr.
Resurge (IRE) 10-1 (8-13) In touch, ridden well over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 12, 8l behind Forte Dei Marmi (9-0) at Newbury 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Apr.
Jawaab (IRE) 8-1 (9-7) Held up towards rear, headway over 1f out, never on terms, 5th of 8, 10l behind Racing Hero (8-13) at Doncaster 1m 2f hcp 0-80 (4) gs in Oct.
Ahlawy (IRE) 18-1 (9-4) Started very slowly, behind, under pressure over 4f out, headway over 1f out, soon chasing leaders, kept on same pace, 3rd of 7, 4l behind Mr Freddy (9-2) at Pontefract 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Apr.
Bucephalus (IRE) 12-1 (11-10) Chased leaders, 2nd halfway, ridden in 4th 2f out, soon no impression and kept on same pace, 5th of 9, 6l behind Richelieu (11-9) at Laytown 7f am hcp 50-80 in Sep.
Tropical Blue 12-1 (8-10) Held up mid-division, headway to chase leaders over 4f out, led approaching 2f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, soon weakened, 6th of 12, 8l behind Russian George (9-2) at Haydock 1m 2f hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Apr.