Sands Chorus scored over track and trip on his penultimate start but was behind runner-up MULLIGATAWNY (NAP) and the winner Magic City over 1m1f here last time. The latter is upped a further 3lb as he bids for a treble but the former re-opposes on better terms and can come out best on this occasion. Sunglider is upped in class off a higher mark after winning at Beverley and Energia Fox makes more appeal back on faster ground after a below par effort at Chester last time.
Mulligatawny (IRE) 7-2 (9-4) Tracked leaders, ridden to challenge 2f out, every chance inside final furlong, stayed on, held towards finish, 2nd of 9, 3/4l behind Magic City (8-13) at Ripon 1m 1f hcp (3) gd in Jun.
Sands Chorus 5-2fav (9-3) Soon pressing leader, led over 2f out, headed over 1f out, 4th and held when not much room close home, 4th of 9, 1 1/2l behind Magic City (8-13) at Ripon 1m 1f hcp (3) gd in Jun.
Icefall (IRE) 33-1 (8-4) Mid-division, pushed along over 3f out, ridden over 1f out, soon weakened, last of 14, 30 1/2l behind Calvinist (8-2) at York 1m 6f hcp stks (2) gd in Oct.
Magic City (IRE) 9-1 (8-13) Mid-division, headway over 2f out, led over 1f out, edged right well inside final furlong, stayed on, won at Ripon 1m 1f hcp (3) gd in Jun beating Mulligatawny (9-4) by 3/4l, 9 ran.
Energia Fox (BRZ) 3-1 (9-7) Tracked leaders, ridden over 1f out, kept on same pace inside final furlong, 4th of 8, 7 3/4l behind Al Destoor (9-5) at Chester 1m 2f hcp (4) sft in Jun.
Sunglider (IRE) 4-1 (9-4) In touch, went 3rd over 3f out, ridden over 1f out, led last 100 yards, kept on well towards finish, won at Beverley 1m 2f hcp (4) gd in Jun beating Save The Bees (9-5) by 1 1/4l, 7 ran.