Kommander Kirkup found only the progressive Astaire too good on his debut at York and that's the best piece of form on offer. But that was back in May and RIBBLETON may prove too good for him here. The latter didn't get the best of runs at Thirsk last time but still managed to finish a close-up third with a subsequent winner in the runners-up spot. Mocacha gets first-time headgear having failed to land the odds at Leicester last time while Lexington Abbey looks likely to improve from his debut fourth at Carlisle.
Mocacha (IRE) 1-2fav (9-1) Dwelt in touch, ridden over 2f out, driven and effort over 1f out, not quicken inside final furlong, 2nd of 8, 1 3/4l behind Peacemaker (8-6) at Leicester 7f 2yo mdn aut (5) gf.
Lexington Abbey 9-2 (9-5) Tracked leaders, ridden to chase clear leader over 1f out, kept on one pace, 4th of 11, 2 1/4l behind Makin The Rules (9-5) at Carlisle 6f 2yo mdn aut (5) gf in Aug.
Black Tie Dancer (IRE) 25-1 (9-5) Chased leaders, outpaced over 3f out, weakened 2f out, 7th of 8, 39l behind Pinzolo (9-5) at Newmarket 1m 2yo mdn (4) gd in Aug.
Kommander Kirkup 40-1 (9-5) Tracked leaders, ridden over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, went 2nd towards finish, no impression on winner, 2nd of 15, 3/4l behind Astaire (9-5) at York 6f 2yo mdn aut (3) gd in May.
Red Stargazer (IRE) Intikhab gelding out of Autumn Star.
Firecruise 12-1 (8-11) Held up mid-division, pushed along and weakened entering final furlong, 9th of 13, 11l behind Azagal (8-11) at Carlisle 6f 2yo mdn aut (5) gd in Jul.
Ribbleton 5-4fav (8-9) Tracked leaders in 3rd, ridden inside final furlong, kept on towards finish, 3rd of 15, 3/4l behind Baileys Forever (8-7) at Thirsk 7f 2yo mdn aut (5) gd in Aug.
Reflection 33-1 (9-0) Dwelt tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, kept on one pace, 5th of 6, 7l behind Invincible Strike (9-5) at Hamilton 6f 2yo mdn (5) gf in Aug.
Mavree (IRE) 33-1 (8-6) Led, headed over 1f out, soon weakened, 9th of 11, 5l behind White Flag (8-1) at Redcar 5f 2yo mdn aut (6) sft.
Mishnah 40-1 (8-7) Behind, headway on outside 2f out, ridden and effort over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 8, 6l behind Go For Broke (8-11) at Salisbury 6f 2yo mdn aut (5) gf in Aug.