Benandonner has slipped to the same mark that he won off at Ripon In June and Richard Fahey's gelding has to be respected but he has been well held in recent starts and looks best watched in a race taken to go to ROYAL DIGNITARY who gets the vote with Opus Maximus rated the best of the rest. The selection has been running well in claimers of late but returns to a handicap today off a decent looking mark. White Deer won well at Thirsk in June but has disappointed since then so looks best watched, while Kings Point looks the clear second best of the two runners in the race trained by David Nicholls. Kevin Ryan's Flawed Genius has struggled in handicaps since winning a claimer at Doncaster in July and of more interest may be Opus Maximus. Mark Johnston's gelding ran no sort of race at Ripon last time but earlier form is solid and he has solid claims but preference is for Royal Dignitary.
Benandonner (USA) 16-1 (9-6) Chased leaders, ridden well over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 9th of 16, 12l behind Wannabe King (9-3) at Ripon 1m hcp 0-100 (2) gd in Aug.
Opus Maximus (IRE) 12-1 (9-2) Mid-division on outside, driven over 4f out, weakened over 1f out, 14th of 16, 19l behind Wannabe King (9-3) at Ripon 1m hcp 0-100 (2) gd in Aug.
Flawed Genius 8-1 (9-6) Slowly away, always behind, 9th of 12, 10l behind Aeroplane (9-10) at Wolverhampton 7f clm stks (5) pol.
Kings Point (IRE) 9-4 (10-0) Chased leaders, ridden over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 4th of 7, 11l behind King of The Moors (9-2) at Musselburgh 1m 1f clm stks (5) gd.
Royal Dignitary (USA) 5-2fav (9-12) Led, hard ridden and kept narrow advantage throughout final furlong, narrowly headed well inside final furlong, weakened near finish, 4th of 11, 1 1/4l behind Millfield (9-8) at Kempton 1m clm stks (6) pol.
White Deer (USA) 12-1 (8-13) Pulled hard in midfield, pushed along 3f out, weakened and hung right over 1f out, 8th of 11, 5l behind Mujood (9-5) at Goodwood 7f hcp 0-85 (4) gf.
Dabbers Ridge (IRE) 9-2 (8-13) Held up towards rear, pushed along 3f out, ridden over 2f out, no response, 6th of 7, 20l behind King of The Moors (9-2) at Musselburgh 1m 1f clm stks (5) gd.
Magic Haze 14-1 (8-10) Held up, ridden over 2f out, never able to challenge, last of 9, 6l behind Veroon (9-7) at Beverley 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Aug.
Tanforan 12-1 (8-13) Tracked leaders, pushed along over 3f out, ridden over 2f out, outpaced over 1f out, kept on same pace inside final furlong, 6th of 10, 6l behind Ela Gorrie Mou (8-12) at Ffos Las 1m hcp 0-70 (5) gd.
Pianoforte (USA) 8-1 (8-13) Chased leaders, went 2nd over 3f out, every chance well over 1f out, stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 2nd of 11, 2 1/2l behind Eagle Nebula (8-11) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-52 (6) pol.
Top Tribute 9-1 (9-3) Held up towards rear, headway over 2f out, effort over 1f out, went 2nd entering final furlong, one pace when not much room towards finish, 2nd of 11, 1 1/2l behind Wovoka (9-8) at Newcastle 1m clm stks (6) gf in Aug.
Exopuntia 40-1 (8-5) Slowly into stride, always in rear, 15th of 19, 9l behind Carnivore (9-6) at Redcar 7f all hcp 0-70 (5) gf.