SCHMOOZE was the recipient of an excellent last-to-first ride by Lee Topliss when scoring here last time and receives no penalty for that apprentice contest. The gelding provided Linda Perratt with a much-needed first success of the campaign and, clearly in good heart, is taken to follow up that cosy success. A Southside Boy is an obvious threat having beaten the selection by two lengths when the pair last clashed. There's little between them on the revised ratings but the Goldie inmate does have a below-par effort last time to put behind him. Jan Smuts has been performing well over the last couple of months, including a success for today's pilot. He may need to come down a pound or two but knows how to win and earns a place on the short-list.
Jan Smuts (IRE) 11-1 (10-0) Held up behind, headway on outside over 2f out, ridden to chase leaders over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, not reach leaders, 6th of 12, 2 1/2l behind Pertuis (10-7) at Ripon 1m 4f ldy hcp 0-65 (6) gf.
Raleigh Quay (IRE) 10-1 (9-5) Held up towards rear, effort over 2f out, never dangerous, 9th of 12, 10l behind Valantino Oyster (8-12) at Ripon 1m 4f hcp 0-70 (5) gd.
A Southside Boy (GER) 9-2 (9-4) Held up mid-division, chased leaders over 7f out, pushed along over 3f out, chased winner over 2f out until weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 10, 10l behind King Of Paradise (9-0) at Hamilton 1m 3f hcp 0-65 (6) gf.
Schmooze (IRE) 7-2 (9-6) In rear, headway from 2f out, ridden to lead towards finish, won at Hamilton 1m 4f app hcp 0-60 (6) gf beating El Bravo (9-0) by hd, 8 ran.
Talk of Saafend (IRE) 7-1 (9-8) Dwelt and went right start, in rear, ridden over 2f out, never a factor, 9th of 10, 32l behind Grand Diamond (9-2) at Musselburgh 1m 4f ladies hcp 0-70 (5) gf.
Suprise Vendor (IRE) 33-1 (9-7) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, soon lost place, weakened 1f out, 10th of 12, 12l behind Pertuis (10-7) at Ripon 1m 4f ldy hcp 0-65 (6) gf.
Tropenfeuer (FR) 20-1 (8-2) Took keen hold, chased leaders, ridden and weakened over 2f out, 7th of 11, 13l behind Rock Relief (9-4) at Newcastle 2m hcp 0-70 (5) sft in May.
Mystified (IRE) 50-1 (8-0) Tracked leaders, ridden 3f out, soon weakened, 7th of 8, 14l behind Schmooze (9-6) at Hamilton 1m 4f app hcp 0-60 (6) gf.