Commissar was no match for Artful Prince at Ripon three days ago and this looks tougher, whilst Liberty Red could do with some assistance from the handicapper. Abbey Angel is developing into a consistent, reliable filly but tackles her elders for the first time and The Character enjoyed this trip and ground when scoring at Haydock and will be involved if at the same level here. There's little between course and distance winner, DANCE KING, and Sellingallthetime on the book and both went very well in good York handicaps when last seen. Tim Easterby's inmate gets a narrow vote in the belief that the step back to 1m2f will suit him better than the Appleby charge.
Dance King 12-1 (8-6) Tracked leaders, challenged 3f out, soon led, ridden and rider dropped whip inside final furlong, headed towards finish, 2nd of 15, 3/4l behind Pressure Point (9-0) at York 1m 4f hcp 0-90 (3) gd in May.
Sellingallthetime (IRE) 9-2 (9-5) Held up in rear, headway over 3f out, edged left when challenging over 1f out, led inside final furlong, ran on, won at York 1m 4f app hcp 0-80 (4) gf beating Interconnection (9-9) by 1 1/4l, 9 ran.
Liberty Red (GER) 6-1 (9-4) Tracked leaders in 4th, weakened over 2f out, 4th of 8, 2 3/4l behind Ventura Quest (9-2) at Ripon 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) sft.
The Character (IRE) 3-1 (9-2) Awkwardly away in touch in rear, switched to outer over 3f out, headway over 1f out, led approaching final furlong, ran on, won at Haydock 1m 2f hcp 0-80 (4) gf beating Corton Lad (9-5) by 3l, 6 ran.
Abbey Angel (IRE) 11-4 (9-0) Held up in touch in rear, outpaced 3f out, 3rd and ridden over 1f out, kept on, no impression with front pair, 3rd of 5, 6l behind Exosphere (9-3) at Doncaster 1m 2f 3yo stk 0-90 (3) gf.
Commissar 3-1 (8-2) Chased leaders, went 2nd over 2f out, every chance over 1f out, no extra closing stages, 2nd of 5, 4l behind Artful Prince (8-5) at Ripon 1m 1f hcp 0-90 (3) gd.
Chadic 12-1 (9-1) Tracked leader, ridden over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 9th of 10, 17l behind Critical Risk (9-0) at Sandown 1m 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gf in May.