RIBAAT went to Haydock with a big reputation and duly landed his maiden in the style of a very useful performer. Entries in all the big autumn juvenile events suggest he's held in high regard and he can take this before going on to better things. Upward Spiral showed the benefit her opening victory at Sandown with a fine run in the Queen Mary and though tackling another furlong it's unlikely to be a problem. Top Boy was disappointing when dropped back to 5f at Pontefract but there's nothing wrong with his earlier form while the form of Cour Valant's Nottingham victory could be given a boost in the opener by runner-up Bravo Youmzain.
Cour Valant 15-8fav (9-3) Made all, clear when edged right 1f out, ran on well, readily, won at Nottingham 6f 2yo mdn (5) gd in Aug beating Bravo Youmzain (9-3) by 2 3/4l, 11 ran.
Ribaat (IRE) 6-4fav (9-3) Behind, headway and switched right over 1f out, hung left and led inside final furlong, kept on well, won at Haydock 6f 2yo mdn (5) gd in Aug beating Seven Of Clubs (9-3) by 2 1/4l, 11 ran.
Tommy's Secret 20-1 (9-2) Held up, headway 2f out, kept on inside final furlong, went 2nd close home, no impression on winner, 2nd of 7, 2 1/4l behind Titled Gent (8-13) at Kempton 6f 2yo hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Aug.
Top Boy 9-4fav (9-0) Held up towards rear and keen, ridden and headway over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 5th of 10, 2 1/2l behind Time And Place (9-3) at Pontefract 5f 2yo mdn (4) gf in Aug.
Upward Spiral 6-1 (8-12) Raced near side, chased leaders, ridden over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, not quite pace to challenge, 4th of 27, 2 1/2l behind Ceiling Kitty (8-12) at Royal Ascot 5f 2yo fll Grp 2 (1) gd in Jun.
Threes Grand 50-1 (8-12) Slowly into stride, outpaced, driven and kept on inside final furlong, never going pace to trouble leaders, 7th of 12, 4l behind Winning Express (8-12) at Salisbury 6f 2yo fll Listed stks (1) gd.