REEL BUDDY STAR showed signs of a return to form and is taken to defy a poor draw and win this at the main expense of Danehillsundance and Blue Charm. George Moore's gelding has enjoyed both his wins on good ground, one of them being over another right-handed circuit at Ripon. Upped 2lbs for finishing runner-up at Doncaster last time, he is still on the same mark as when taking that Ripon contest and when in form he does tend to string two or three good runs together, so we will suggest him. Danehillsundance is an obvious danger after scoring over course and distance last time and only going up 3lbs as a result. He is better drawn than our pick but appears to want genuine fast ground to be at his best and it is not forecast to be that quick so we will now take him on. Blue Charm won in these conditions and over the same trip at Pontefract, and he looks competitive here but does need a career best to add another win to his CV. Celtic Change is 6lbs higher than when scraping home at Haydock earlier in the month but he has a good pitch here and could still go well if able to lay up with the pace, while course winner Handsome Falcon is suited by this trip and is back on the sort of mark from which he can win, so don't rule him out. A competitive race, and Reel Buddy Star can take it.
Ansells Pride (IRE) 11-2 (8-10) Mid-division, ridden over 3f out, one pace inside final 2f, 8th of 16, 5l behind Flawed Genius (8-10) at Thirsk 1m hcp 0-100 (2) gf in May.
Celtic Change (IRE) 9-2 (9-12) Prominent, led after 1f, ridden 2f out, carried head slightly high, edged left over 1f out, stayed on under pressure inside final furlong, strongly pressed, just won on the nod, won at Haydock 1m hcp 0-75 (5) gd beating Block Party (9-4) by ns, 8 ran.
Moheebb (IRE) 9-1 (9-8) Tracked leaders, driven and outpaced over 2f out, soon ridden, kept on inside final furlong, took 3rd near finish, 3rd of 7, 6l behind Distant Memories (9-2) at Ripon 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) sft.
Addikt (IRE) 4-1 (9-8) Held up towards rear, headway 2f out, soon ridden, kept on same pace, 4th of 8, 2 3/4l behind Danehillsundance (9-5) at Beverley 1m hcp 0-80 (4) gf.
Paraguay (USA) 9-1 (9-12) In touch, ridden and weakened over 2f out, 10th of 14, 7l behind Gold Express (9-4) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-80 (4) pol.
Danehillsundance (IRE) 9-4fav (9-5) Prominent, led over 1f out, driven out, won at Beverley 1m hcp 0-80 (4) gf beating Exit Smiling (9-6) by 1l, 8 ran.
Tiger Dream 14-1 (8-13) Tracked leaders and keen, ridden to lead over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, soon weakened, 7th of 15, 4 1/2l behind Smarty Socks (9-2) at York 7f hcp 0-85 (4) gd.
Reel Buddy Star 6-1 (8-12) Prominent, led well over 2f out, headed approaching final furlong, kept on, 2nd of 9, 3/4l behind Bold Cross (9-3) at Doncaster 1m hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Jun.
Blue Spinnaker (IRE) 12-1 (9-4) Switched left soon after start, held up in rear, pushed along 3f out, never dangerous, 8th of 11, 18l behind Royal Destination (9-11) at Ayr 1m hcp 0-85 (4) gd.
Handsome Falcon 9-4fav (8-10) Keen, held up, ridden over 2f out, no impression until plugged on inside final furlong, 4th of 5, 4l behind Cotswolds (8-12) at Beverley 1m hcp 0-85 (4) gf.
Minority Report 11-1 (9-5) Dwelt towards rear, never dangerous, last of 8, well behind Rosko (8-10) at Newcastle 1m hcp 0-85 (4) gs in Jun.
Tarzan (IRE) 13-8fav (9-7) Tracked leader, came standside over 2f out, soon ridden, weakened over 1f out, 4th of 6, 9l behind Northern Spy (9-1) at Epsom Downs 1m hcp 0-85 (4) gs.
Blue Charm 13-2 (9-8) Held up, ridden over 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 3rd of 7, 1 3/4l behind Natural Rhythm (8-9) at Beverley 1m hcp 0-75 (5) gd.
Nevada Desert (IRE) 12-1 (8-12) In touch, lost pace over 3f out, soon ridden and no impression, 6th of 8, 4 1/2l behind Keys of Cyprus (9-5) at Ripon 1m hcp 0-85 (4) sft.
Shadowtime 12-1 (9-1) Prominent, lost place 5f out, edged left and headway 2f out, no extra final furlong, 6th of 16, 9l behind Zomerlust (9-10) at York 7f hcp 0-80 (4) gf.