Recent course and distance winner Triple Eight ran well off a higher mark at Beverley next time but has gone up a further 3lb since. We'd rather take a chance on the lightly-raced SPIRIT OF RIO, who had the proverbial ton in hand when landing a maiden here three weeks ago and has scope for further improvement. Hydrant has had a good season, as has Dolphin Rock, and both have each-way claims while Eeny Mac arrives in better form than St Moritz and Maven. San Cassiano was behind Triple Eight here last time but Full Toss is better than he showed at Ayr last time and preferred to the largely disappointing Barren Brook.
St Moritz (IRE) 40-1 (8-9) Led until over 2f out, soon lost place, 17th of 18, 21l behind Wentworth (8-10) at Goodwood 1m hcp (2) gd.
Maven 50-1 (8-9) Mid-division, ridden over 2f out, no impression, 9th of 14, 9l behind Robin Hoods Bay (9-11) at Haydock 1m 2f hcp 105 (2) gf.
Hydrant 9-2 (9-5) Led and set steady pace, quickened 3f out, ridden and headed inside final furlong, no extra in 3rd final 100 yards, 3rd of 8, 1 1/2l behind Classic Punch (9-13) at Beverley 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gf.
San Cassiano (IRE) 8-1 (9-12) Led, ridden when joined 3f out, headed entering final furlong, kept on same pace, 3rd of 7, 7l behind Triple Eight (9-0) at Ripon 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gs.
Dolphin Rock 10-3fav (9-6) Prominent, led over 5f out, ridden 2f out, headed and no extra inside final furlong, 3rd of 10, 2 1/2l behind Fazza (8-9) at Pontefract 1m hcp 0-80 (4) gd.
Barren Brook 10-1 (9-3) Slowly away, behind, never involved, 12th of 16, 12l behind Robert The Painter (9-13) at Ripon 1m hcp 0-90 (3) gd.
Triple Eight (IRE) 11-4 (9-4) Took keen hold tracking leaders, effort on inside over 1f out, stayed on to 2nd final 100 yards, kept on, 2nd of 8, nk behind Classic Punch (9-13) at Beverley 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gf.
Full Toss 16-1 (8-10) Steadied start, held up in rear, pushed along well over 2f out, no great progress, 5th of 6, 6l behind Spirit Of The Law (8-13) at Ayr 1m 2f hcp 0-95 (3) gd.
Spirit Of Rio (IRE) 7-2 (9-3) Tracked leaders, driven to challenge over 2f out, led over 1f out, ran on well, won at Ripon 1m 2f 3yo & 4yo mdn (5) gd beating Response (9-3) by 3 1/2l, 9 ran.
Eeny Mac (IRE) 12-1 (9-11) Held up in rear, pushed along 4f out, headway on outside 2f out, chased leading pair over 1f out, went 2nd inside final furlong, stayed on to lead towards finish, won at Beverley 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) gf beating Pivotman (9-13) by 3/4l, 6 ran.