Tax Free makes a very rare appearance in a handicap but has been well below par in his last two runs. Doctor Parkes is in the form of his life and has decent claims again here. He can confirm Chester running with Masamah. Irish raider Celerina has won three of her last four starts and is on the upgrade while Mon Brav is also chasing a hat-trick after wins at Musselburgh and Thirsk. Hotham's recent efforts don't inspire much confidence but Noel Wilson's eight-year-old has a terrific record on the Knavesmire and is very well handicapped nowadays. Ancient Cross won over C&D nine days ago and Mick Easterby's sprinters have been running well this year but we just prefer HUMIDOR, who beat the latter at Ascot in the autumn and got up to beat Addictive Dream at Goodwood last time despite failing to handle the track - he may be a bit better than that run suggests.
Kaldoun Kingdom (IRE) 22-1 (8-11) Mid-division, ridden and effort 2f out, weakened inside inside final furlong, 15th of 20, 11l behind Hoof It (9-1) at York 6f hcp 0-105 (2) gd.
Tax Free (IRE) 5-1 (9-0) Prominent, hard driven over 2f out, weakening when hampered entering final furlong, last of 7, 8l behind Evens And Odds (9-0) at Thirsk 6f stks (2) gd in Apr.
Bajan Tryst (USA) 13-2 (9-11) Chased leaders, 5th halfway, ridden into 3rd 1f out, drifted slightly left, no extra inside final furlong, kept on same pace, 5th of 13, 2l behind Invincible Ash (9-11) at Dundalk 5f lst stks 2yo (1) pol in Oct.
Waffle (IRE) 9-4 (8-12) Chased leaders, switched left after 1f, soon hampered, rallied over 1f out, stayed on well, never troubled winner, 2nd of 7, 2l behind Hamish McGonagall (8-12) at Musselburgh 5f cond Stakes (2) gs in Apr.
Masamah (IRE) 14-1 (9-2) Close up, ridden over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 3rd of 13, 2 1/4l behind Doctor Parkes (8-5) at Chester 5f hcp 0-105 (2) gf.
Taajub (IRE) 8-1 (9-4) Chased leaders, ridden halfway, weakened over 1f out,, 4th of 6, 4 1/2l behind Elnawin (9-7) at Ascot 5f cond Stakes (3) gf.
Barney McGrew (IRE) 16-1 (9-2) In rear, not clear run from 2f out, switched left inside final furlong, kept on, 12th of 18, 8l behind Ancient Cross (8-5) at York 5f hcp 0-105 (2) gd.
Ancient Cross 10-1 (8-5) Dwelt gradually came to stands side rail, tracked leaders halfway, led approaching 1f out, ridden and ran on, won at York 5f hcp 0-105 (2) gd beating Falasteen (8-8) by 1/2l, 18 ran.
Johannes (IRE) 5-1fav (8-11) In rear on stand side, pushed along 2f out, switched left inside final furlong, never able to challenge, 7th of 18, 3 1/2l behind Ancient Cross (8-5) at York 5f hcp 0-105 (2) gd.
Doctor Parkes 10-1 (8-5) Mid-division, headway over 1f out, ridden inside final furlong, lead towards finish, held on well, won at Chester 5f hcp 0-105 (2) gf beating Captain Dunne (9-6) by 1l, 13 ran.
Humidor (IRE) 15-2 (8-13) Held up in touch, headway halfway, chased leaders over 1f out, led and hung right under pressure inside final furlong, kept on, won at Goodwood 5f hcp 0-95 (3) gd in Apr beating Addictive Dream (9-2) by 3/4l, 11 ran.
Swiss Franc 25-1 (8-11) Held up, ridden 2f out, hung right final furlong, never a factor, 8th of 18, 5l behind Ancient Cross (8-5) at York 5f hcp 0-105 (2) gd.
Befortyfour 50-1 (8-11) Pushed along towards rear, headway 2f out, soon every chance, weakened inside final furlong, 11th of 18, 6l behind Ancient Cross (8-5) at York 5f hcp 0-105 (2) gd.
Confessional 25-1 (8-8) Towards rear, headway on outer over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 4th of 13, 2 3/4l behind Doctor Parkes (8-5) at Chester 5f hcp 0-105 (2) gf.
Beat The Bell 9-2 (8-12) Dwelt, towards rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, stayed on to take 3rd place close home, 3rd of 11, 1 1/2l behind Singeur (9-0) at Thirsk 5f hcp 0-100 (2) gd.
Secret Millionaire (IRE) 25-1 (8-2) In touch, ridden over 1f out, not pace to challenge, 5th of 18, 3l behind Ancient Cross (8-5) at York 5f hcp 0-105 (2) gd.
Celerina (IRE) 9-4fav (9-2) Tracked leaders, 3rd travelling well 2f out, smooth headway to lead inside final furlong, ridden and kept on well, won at Dundalk 5f Apprentice Handicap (50-85) (3yo+) pol in Apr beating Catalpa Sail (8-5) by 1l, 11 ran.
Hazelrigg (IRE) 20-1 (8-4) Dwelt switched left after 1f, toward rear, never a factor, 14th of 18, 8l behind Ancient Cross (8-5) at York 5f hcp 0-105 (2) gd.
Mon Brav 10-1 (8-10) Went left start, chased leaders farside group, led over 1f out and overall leader, edged right inside final furlong, held on towards finish, won at Thirsk 6f hcp 0-90 (3) gd beating Advanced (9-3) by 3/4l, 16 ran.
Hotham 28-1 (8-9) In touch, ridden and weakened well over 1f out, last of 11, 14l behind Singeur (9-0) at Thirsk 5f hcp 0-100 (2) gd.