ROYAL DIGNITARY is flattered by his run at Southwell last time but can still take this contest; Bolodenka and Kings Point join Moody Tunes on the list of dangers. Dandy Nicholls' gelding was an 11-length winner earlier in the month and his mark has been put up to 80 as a result. That mark flatters him but he knows how to win in this grade and if handling this quicker ground is taken to prevail. Stablemate Kings Point was fairly well-held in a decent claimer at Redcar when last seen in September, Moody Tunes is a course and distance winner and his consistency means that he is respected after a fine second to Camerooney last time out, whilst Rowan Lodge represents a trainer who places his horses very well and is not ignored despite having a bit to do at the weights. Bolodenka is dropping in grade today after a busy but ultimately fruitless spell this year; he is rated 77 and cannot be ignored given his good form in this sort of class in the past. An open race but we are happy to plump for Royal Dignitary.
Bolodenka (IRE) 10-1 (9-1) Held up mid-division, ridden well over 1f out, faded final furlong, 8th of 9, 8l behind Sir George (8-11) at Haydock 1m hcp 0-80 (4) gf.
Royal Dignitary (USA) 6-4fav (9-5) Made all, ridden and drew readily clear from over 2f out, ran on well, unchallenged, won at Southwell 1m clm stks (6) fbs beating Kipchak (9-6) by 11l, 8 ran.
Kings Point (IRE) 14-1 (9-7) Led, raced slightly wide of main group, ridden 2f out, headed 1f out, no extra, 4th of 12, 5l behind White Deer (9-3) at Redcar 1m clm stks (4) gf in Sep.
Moody Tunes 20-1 (10-2) Behind stands side, headway on inside 2f out, ridden and stayed on to chase winner inside final furlong, just held, 2nd of 17, shd behind Camerooney (9-0) at Doncaster 7f ldy hcp (4) gf in Apr.
Rowan Lodge (IRE) 7-2 (9-1) Raced keenly, held up towards rear, ridden over 2f out, switched left over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, never able to reach leaders, 4th of 7, 6l behind Fremen (9-9) at Musselburgh 1m 1f sell stks (6) gf.
Finsbury 12-1 (9-4) In rear, headway over 2f out, ridden and kept on inside final furlong, 3rd of 10, 1l behind Rapid City (9-7) at Leicester 1m sell stks (6) gf.
Its Beyond Me 100-1 (8-2) Always towards rear, 11th of 12, 34l behind Slip (8-13) at Catterick 1m 4f clm stks (6) fm.
Rub of The Relic (IRE) 17-2 (8-6) Held up, effort on inside 3f out, stayed on from over 1f out, not pace to reach leaders, 5th of 11, 4l behind Saving Grace (8-4) at Newcastle 1m hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Apr.
Welcome Bounty 20-1 (8-7) Keen tracked leaders, ridden over 3f out, soon weakened, last of 8, well behind Goodlukin Lucy (8-0) at Musselburgh 1m 4f mdn stks (5) gs in Apr.