Marwan Koukash will be hoping that Mount Athos can make up for missing his beloved Chester but, though this drop in grade could bring about a change of luck, we'll take a chance on BATTALION. William Haggas often campaigns his progressive types at Ripon and having dotted up off a mark of 102 last month in a race that's working out well, the son of Authorized is worthy of the step up into better company. Biographer dons blinkers having looked to have lost his way. If they were they to work, he'd have to be considered a danger. Forgotten Voice won his last two starts in Britain before heading off Down Under in pursuit of big pots but Brass Ring was found wanting in the Jockey Club Stakes at Newmarket having won on his reappearance after almost a year off the track. Sky Hunter ran no sort of race on his first start for Saeed Bin Suroor but he is surely much better than that effort suggests.
Battalion (IRE) 7-4fav (9-0) Led after 2f, made rest, driven clear over 1f out, stayed on well, comfortably, won at Ripon 1m 4f hcp 0-112 (2) gd in Apr beating Chancery (8-7) by 2 1/2l, 9 ran.
Biographer 7-2 (9-1) Led 1f, tracked leader until 5f out, stayed well there until weakened quickly over 2f out, soon behind, tailed off, last of 8, 25l behind Flying Officer (8-12) at Nottingham 1m 6f Listed stks (1) sft in Apr.
Brass Ring 15-2 (9-0) Set strong pace, ridden 3f out, headed over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 5th of 8, 7l behind Gospel Choir (9-0) at Newmarket 1m 4f Grp 2 (1) gf.
Elkaayed (USA) 7-1 (8-13) Keen in touch, ridden 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 8th of 9, 19l behind Mull Of Killough (8-13) at Newmarket 1m 1f Grp 3 (1) gd in Apr.
First Mohican 16-1 (8-13) Tracked leaders, ridden 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 7th of 9, 8l behind Mull Of Killough (8-13) at Newmarket 1m 1f Grp 3 (1) gd in Apr.
Forgotten Voice (IRE) (9-0) 4th of 13, 2 3/4l behind Precedence (9-2) at Flemington(AUS) 1m 5f hcp Grp 3 (1) gd in Nov.
Litigant 2-1fav (9-5) Went left start, close up, headway to track leader 2f out, edged left, ridden and ran on to lead towards finish, won at Lingfield 2m cnd stks (4yo+) (2) pol in Apr beating Arch Villain (9-5) by 1/2l, 14 ran.
Mount Athos (IRE) 16-1 (9-0) 8th of 15, 3l behind Gentildonna (8-9) at Meydan(UAE) 1m 4f Grp 1 (1) gd in Mar.
Sky Hunter 6-5fav (9-0) Led early, soon restrained, took keen hold tracking leaders, effort on outside over 2f out, soon beaten, 4th of 5, 19l behind Noble Mission (9-0) at Sandown 1m 2f Grp 3 (1) sft in Apr.
Cocktail Queen (IRE) 22-1 (8-9) Held up towards rear in touch, driven to chase leaders over 2f out, soon ridden and one pace, never on terms, 5th of 7, 13l behind Tac De Boistron (9-9) at Ascot 2m Grp 3 (1) sft in Apr.