FILM FESTIVAL is bang in-form and gets the vote in the opener from Holiday Cocktail, Umverti and River Ardeche. Brian Ellison's charge won tidily under a positive ride last time and similar tactics should be adopted here as this is his minimum trip. The stiff finish will of course bring his stamina into play and he can defy a 6lb rise in the weights. Holiday Cocktail loves it here and will receive maximum assistance from the saddle. He's a three time course and distance winner including off higher marks for this rider, but the fact he's not won since landing this two years ago tempers enthusiasm. Umverti needs a career best to win from a perch of 68 and if that's to happen she'll also require an end-to-end gallop as she's really a 1m4f mare, while River Ardeche doesn't win as often as he should but ran well over course and distance two starts back. Bateau Bleu is interesting with the visor back on for only his second start of the season, Avitus disappointed last time but can get involved if returning to his previous efforts and Farleigh is unexposed, but Film Festival is in fine form and can add to his tally.
Film Festival (USA) 14-1 (8-11) Made all, kept on well from 2f out, clear inside final furlong, unchallenged, won at Carlisle 1m 3f ladies hcp 0-90 (3) gd in Jul beating Graceful Descent (8-11) by 4l, 15 ran.
River Ardeche 7-4fav (9-7) Held up towards rear, headway over 4f out to chase leaders, ridden over 2f out, chased winner well inside final furlong, held towards finish, 2nd of 8, 1l behind High Resolution (8-7) at Hamilton 1m 1f hcp 0-70 (5) gs in Jul.
Farleigh 8-1 (9-3) Raced wide in touch, ridden 3f out, soon weakened, last of 10, 20l behind Toolentidhaar (8-11) at Kempton 1m fll hcp (0-75) (5) pol in Jan.
Umverti 7-2 (9-12) Led, ridden clear over 1f out, kept on, headed towards finish, 2nd of 9, 1/2l behind Gulf Coast (8-11) at Pontefract 1m 4f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Jul.
Prince Golan (IRE) 16-1 (10-10) Held up in rear, headway and hung left entering final furlong, ran on, nearest finish, 5th of 15, 5l behind Bavarica (11-2) at Newbury 1m 2f am hcp (0-70) (4yo+) (5) gf in Jun.
Avitus 9-2 (9-4) Prominent on outside, weakened over 2f out, 10th of 11, 40l behind Northside Prince (10-0) at Pontefract 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Jul.
Holiday Cocktail 7-2fav (9-4) Chased leaders, ridden over 1f out, led inside final furlong, headed towards finish, 2nd of 11, 1/2l behind Northside Prince (10-0) at Pontefract 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Jul.
Bateau Bleu 12-1 (9-3) Held up towards rear, never dangerous, 8th of 13, 11l behind Kyle Of Bute (9-13) at Beverley 1m 2f ladies hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Jul.
Mountain Pass (USA) 40-1 (9-13) Dwelt, in rear, ridden over 1f out, never dangerous, 8th of 13, 17l behind Advertise (10-6) at Salisbury 1m am hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Jul.