Lujano is surely better than he showed on his reappearance for Ollie Pears at Haydock earlier this month but he is hard to back with any confidence after that run and a better option looks to be DESERT HUNTER, who gets the verdict ahead of Avonrose. Mark Johnston's filly has failed to win since landing her second start as a juvenile but she has slipped to a fair mark so cannot be ruled out in a competitive finale. Anabel King's Daniel Thomas has struggled against the handicapper since winning a seller at Wolverhampton in December and of more interest may be Diamond Daisy, who represents the in-form stable of Ann Duffield and is entitled to come on for his recent reappearance run at Thirsk. Marginal preference though is for Micky Hammond's Desert Hunter, who ran a couple of decent races at Carlisle last month before disappointing back there last time and he looks worth another chance in this company.
Peter Tchaikovsky 40-1 (9-9) Always behind, last of 19, 17l behind Averoo (9-6) at York 6f hcp 0-80 (4) gd.
Diamond Daisy (IRE) 16-1 (8-7) Mid-division, headway 5f out, ridden and no impression over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 6th of 9, 8l behind Gobama (8-0) at Thirsk 1m flls hcp 0-130 (3) gd.
Lujano 7-1 (9-6) Led, headed over 4f out, tracked leaders, weakened over 2f out, eased final furlong, last of 13, 30l behind Tanforan (8-8) at Haydock 1m hcp 0-70 (5) gs.
Daniel Thomas (IRE) 14-1 (11-0) Slowly into stride, held up towards rear, switched right 3f out, soon ridden, stayed on inside final furlong, never dangerous, 7th of 15, 8l behind Bavarica (11-2) at Newbury 1m 2f am hcp (0-70) (4yo+) (5) gf.
Betteras Bertie 16-1 (8-10) Started slowly, behind, driven 3f out, one pace final 2f, 5th of 7, 8l behind Harriet's Girl (9-2) at Pontefract 1m hcp 0-75 (5) gf in May.
Avonrose 10-1 (8-2) Held up in rear, pushed along over 3f out, driven over 2f out, never dangerous, 7th of 9, 9l behind Gobama (8-0) at Thirsk 1m flls hcp 0-130 (3) gd.
Ancient Times (USA) 16-1 (8-12) Prominent, weakened 3f out, tailed off, 12th of 15, 38l behind Shubaat (8-12) at Doncaster 1m 4f mdn stks (5) gd.
Desert Hunter (IRE) 4-1 (8-3) Prominent, chased leader over 6f out, ridden over 3f out, lost 2nd over 2f out, weakened 1f out, 8th of 10, 13l behind Ailsa Craig (9-1) at Carlisle 1m hcp 0-70 (5) gd.