Music Maestro sets a good standard and is respected as a major player at this level, however, QUITE SPARKY has bags of scope for the season ahead and is worth a shot here; Jay's Treaty also comes into the reckoning as a potential improver. The last named showed plenty of zest at Brighton earlier this month and, as Mark Johnston's runners tend to thrive on being kept busy, the mount of Joe Fanning is a worthy candidate today - especially as Ripon favours front runners when the ground is on the fast side. Music Maestro has already had a number of chances to rid himself of the maiden tag and is in danger of becoming frustrating. This will be his first try on firm ground (assuming the forecast is correct) and his ability to cope has to be taken on trust. Therefore, it can pay to take side with Quite Sparky, whose pedigree suggests he will have more of an impact this term. The form of his final start as a juvenile reads well in the context of this race and, as this fellow also likes to race with the pace, the son of Lucky Story will be a very tough customer to deal with if he has thrived since he was last seen out.
Fantastic Favour 150-1 (8-12) Chased winner, hard driven over 4f out, soon weakened, beaten when hampered over 1f out, 6th of 8, 15l behind Lion Mountain (9-3) at Pontefract 1m 2f 3yo mdn (5) gf in Apr.
Honest Buck Chineur gelding out of Noble Penny.
Jay's Treaty (USA) 15-8 (9-0) Led, headed just inside final furlong, soon hung left, no extra, 2nd of 6, 3l behind Brannagh (9-0) at Brighton 1m mdn stks (5) gf.
Law To Himself (IRE) 11-1 (8-11) Tracked leader until over 5f out, ridden to chase winner over 1f out until inside final furlong, 3rd of 12, 2 3/4l behind Bin Shamardal (8-11) at Beverley 1m mdn stks (5) gf in Apr.
Music Maestro (IRE) 5-2 (9-3) Chased leaders on outside, ridden and stayed on same pace from over 1f out, 4th of 11, 7l behind Cansili Star (9-3) at Lingfield 7f 3yo mdn (5) gf.
Patricks Lodge 28-1 (9-3) Slowly into stride, held up towards rear, ridden 3f out, never dangerous, 7th of 9, 16l behind Sulwaan (9-3) at Beverley 1m 2yo mdn (5) fm in Aug.
Quite Sparky 14-1 (9-3) Led, ridden over 2f out, hard driven and headed near line, 2nd of 13, nk behind Cracking Lass (8-9) at Thirsk 7f 2yo mdn (4) sft in Sep.
Roman Sioux (IRE) 50-1 (9-3) Always in rear, last of 11, 31l behind Karaka Jack (9-3) at York 7f 2yo mdn (3) gd in Oct.
Silvery Moon (IRE) Verglas gelding out of Starry Night.
Swansea Jack 66-1 (9-0) Steadied start, held up, never on terms, 8th of 10, 12l behind Rule Of Nature (8-12) at Yarmouth 6f 2yo mdn (5) gf in Oct.
Belgooree 33-1 (8-12) Led, headed and ridden over 1f out, weakened well inside final furlong, 5th of 11, 7l behind Flying Destination (9-3) at Nottingham 1m 2f 3yo mdn aut (6) gf in Apr.
Blue Zealot (IRE) 100-1 (8-5) Soon pushed along towards rear, awkward and wide bend 5f out, pushed along on wide outside 3f out, kept on inside final furlong, never a threat, 8th of 14, 8l behind Heavenly Dawn (8-12) at Windsor 1m fll mdn stks (5) gd.
Both Ends Burning (IRE) 100-1 (9-0) Always behind, last of 15, 31l behind Siyaadah (9-0) at Redcar 7f 2yo stks (5) gf in Aug.
Kathlatino 100-1 (8-9) Mid division, driven over 3f out, switched inside and headway well over 1f out, stayed on under pressure to go 3rd inside final furlong, no chance with leading pair, 3rd of 10, 11l behind Dherghaam (9-0) at Catterick 7f mdn stks (5) fm.
Nahab 25-1 (8-12) Mid-division on outside, headway 2f out, stayed on inside final furlong, not pace to trouble leaders, 7th of 12, 5l behind Sweet Clementine (8-12) at Kempton 1m mdn stks (5) pol in Apr.