WIZARA opened her account when stepped up to today's trip at Ripon. The Godolphin filly can follow up with more to come. She has Grendisar to beat in this as the latter went close over track and trip last time and makes more appeal than dual course winner Thwart. The latter is upped another 3lb after finding a couple too good at Windsor back in July but Lingfield winner Little Buxted has scope for improvement. It was heavy ground when Layline won at Ffos Las last month and he's also 10lb higher today.
Layline (IRE) 11-2 (9-11) Held up in mid-division, smooth headway on outside over 2f out, ridden chasing leaders and no impression over 1f out, run flattened out final furlong, 4th of 14, 9l behind Calculated Risk (9-9) at Ayr 1m 5f hcp 0-70 (5) sft in Sep.
Choral Festival 25-1 (9-1) Towards rear, pushed along 4f out, plugged on final 2f, never involved, 10th of 14, 13l behind Investment Expert (9-0) at Windsor 1m hcp 0-80 (4) gd.
Wizara (IRE) 11-4 (8-12) Held up towards rear, headway over 4f out, went 4th over 3f out, kept on to lead towards finish, won at Ripon 1m 4f mdn stks (5) gd in Sep beating Flemish School (8-12) by 3/4l, 10 ran.
Grendisar (IRE) 9-2fav (9-2) Held up, closed going well when not clear run over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, every chance inside final furlong, held towards finish, 3rd of 8, 3/4l behind Prospera (9-6) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Sep.
Thwart 5-1 (8-12) Led, quickened over 2f out, soon ridden, headed over 1f out, kept on same pace inside final furlong, 3rd of 5, 1 1/4l behind Sunblazer (8-5) at Windsor 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Jul.
Little Buxted (USA) 4-1 (9-5) Mid-division, headway over 2f out, every chance over 1f out, stayed on under pressure to lead post, won at Lingfield 1m 2f 3yo mdn stks (5) pol in Jan beating Gertrude Versed (9-0) by shd, 9 ran.
Commissar 9-1 (9-7) Raced wide mid-division, ridden over 3f out, not trouble leaders, 6th of 9, 7l behind Jordaura (9-4) at Hamilton 1m 1f hcp 0-70 (5) gs in Sep.
Waverunner 33-1 (8-9) Held up towards rear, headway towards inside over 2f out, switched left over 1f out and driven, plugged on to 4th final 50 yards, 4th of 11, 6l behind Troopingthecolour (9-10) at Kempton 1m 3f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Where's Susie 20-1 (9-2) Mid-division, headway 3f out, ridden 2f out, no extra inside final furlong, 6th of 10, 6l behind Honourable Knight (9-2) at Kempton 2m hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Sep.