FACE THE PROBLEM impressed with a sterling effort to win a York nursery a week ago and may have too much in the locker for Orchid Street and Melodize. The last named showed improved form to score at Warwick last time out - doing his best work near the finish to claim a deserved success. This is a touch harder but, he is going the right way so merits consideration as one capable of rising to the challenge. Orchid Street has a bit to find on a literal reading of the evidence available. However, she will be suited by the conditions and, as she is getting 12lbs from the selection, Ann Duffield's filly can make a good fist of things. However, Face The Problem still has some fancy entries for later in the season and he is a strong fancy to breeze through this latest examination - especially if he is going to make a return to the Knavesmire for a crack at the Gimcrack next month.
Face The Problem (IRE) 7-4fav (9-4) Led after 1f, edged left inside final furlong, kept on well, won at York 5f 2yo hcp (3) gf beating Brave Dream (8-2) by 1 1/4l, 9 ran.
Orchid Street (USA) 9-4fav (9-5) Slowly into stride, soon outpaced in rear, headway over 1f out, ran on final furlong, nearest finish, 3rd of 6, 3 1/2l behind Lady Royale (9-2) at York 5f 2yo hcp (3) gf.
Master Macho (IRE) 8-1 (8-10) Led 1f, pressed leader until over 3f out, stayed close up until lost hind action and faltered over 2f out, no chance after, last of 6, 6l behind Krypton Factor (9-1) at Sandown 5f 2yo hcp (5) gf.
First Class Favour (IRE) 4-5fav (9-0) Led, crossed to stands side rail after 1f, ridden and headed over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 3rd of 7, 8l behind Madam Markievicz (8-9) at Musselburgh 5f 2yo sll (4) gd in Jun.
Melodize 9-2 (8-12) Always prominent, ridden and edged left from over 1f out, led well inside final furlong, ran on, won at Warwick 5f 2yo mdn aut (5) gd in Jun beating Loki's Revenge (9-3) by 1/2l, 10 ran.
Star Today 6-1 (8-12) Tracked leaders, ridden 2f out, no impression final furlong, 3rd of 5, 3 1/2l behind Regal Approval (9-3) at Epsom Downs 6f 2yo mdn (4) gd.
Johnny Hancocks (IRE) 9-2 (8-9) Led, switched left to race against far rail 4f out, headed over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 6th of 8, 9l behind Electric Waves (9-7) at Haydock 5f 2yo hcp (5) gd.
Jamaica Grande 50-1 (8-13) Went right start and keen, soon led, ridden and headed well over 1f out, losing place when hampered over 1f out, soon hung left and struggling, 6th of 7, 13l behind Excelebration (9-3) at Newmarket 6f 2yo stks (3) gf.