Maid Of Meft finally got off the mark at Newcastle last week, but she needed 2m to do so, and is worth taking on with GHUFA. He won four times last year and, with a run on the all-weather under his belt, Lydia Pearce's charge is fancied to take this off a 5lb lower mark than when scoring at Newbury last June. Los Nadis won over a longer trip here when last seen on the level and he's fit from hurdling, while Beneath continues to slip down the weights and could figure stepping back up in distance along with Ayr runner-up Valdan.
Ghufa (IRE) 9-4fav (9-4) Led chasing group, took closer order halfway, soon chasing leaders, led over 3f out, hard driven and headed over 1f out, no extra final furlong, 3rd of 6, 5l behind Mcbirney (9-2) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Apr.
Los Nadis (GER) 11-4fav (10-11) Mid-division, progress to track leaders 10f out, chased leader 4f out, ridden to lead over 2f out, clear over 1f out, eased final furlong, won at Musselburgh 2m am hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Jun '10 beating Andorn (10-11) by 7l, 10 ran.
Parc des Princes (USA) 20-1 (9-1) Held up towards rear on outside, ridden over 2f out, stayed on final furlong, never reached leaders, 5th of 12, 8l behind Tenhoo (8-8) at Doncaster 1m 4f app hcp 0-70 (5) gd in May.
French Hollow 33-1 (8-2) Held up in rear, ridden over 3f out, stayed on from over 1f out, 5th of 10, 3 1/2l behind Hawk Mountain (9-5) at Musselburgh 1m 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in May.
Maid Of Meft 15-2 (8-12) Held up towards rear, headway over 3f out, led over 2f out, drew clear entering final furlong, ease towards finish, won at Newcastle 2m hcp 0-65 (6) gd in May beating Jeu De Roseau (9-4) by 9l, 7 ran.
Grandad Bill (IRE) 6-1 (9-1) Held up towards rear, pushed along over 3f out, ridden and headway over 1f out, stayed on, 4th of 13, 4l behind Kiama Bay (9-2) at Ayr 1m 1f hcp 0-70 (5) sft in Oct.
Beneath 11-1 (8-9) Settled in mid-division, headway over 3f out, chased leaders approaching final furlong, stayed on well, 4th of 14, 3l behind Easy Terms (8-13) at Ripon 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) gd in May.
Valdan (IRE) 9-1 (9-3) In rear, good headway over 2f out, chased winner over 1f out, ridden to challenge inside final furlong, just held, 2nd of 8, shd behind Blazing Buck (8-9) at Ayr 1m 7f hcp 0-60 (6) gs in May.
Merrion Tiger (IRE) 7-1 (8-13) Chased leaders, ridden 4f out, soon weakened, tailed off, 8th of 13, 27l behind City Stable (9-7) at Southwell 1m 6f hcp 0-65 (6) fbs in Jul.
Golden Future 16-1 (9-1) Held up in touch, ridden and every chance over 2f out, kept on inside final furlong, 3rd of 12, 7l behind Fossgate (8-9) at Newcastle 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) gd in May.
Hair of The Dog 200-1 (9-0) Slowly into stride, soon tracking leaders, ridden and weakened over 3f out, last of 9, 43l behind Fremen (9-5) at Carlisle 1m clm stks (6) gs in May.