BRILLIANT VANGUARD receives weight from all of his rivals here and can improve on his 2/3 record at this venue following a 6lb rise for his latest victory here. The selection is often held up and with a couple of possible pace angles in this race he may well have the race run to suit here. Another horse who is often held up is Fort Bastion and he can claim second on his second run back from a break while top weight Laidback Romeo has returned to the track in good form this year and can finish third.
Laidback Romeo (IRE) 4-1 (10-0) Held up mid-division, ridden and headway 2f out, kept on inside final furlong, 2nd of 11, 1 1/4l behind Greenside (9-11) at Sandown 1m hcp (2) gf in Jun.
Gurkha Friend 10-1 (9-4) Chased leaders on inside, went 2nd over 2f out until 2f out, chased leaders, soon ridden, weakened inside final furlong, 8th of 18, 6 1/2l behind Viscount Barfield (9-0) at York 7f hcp (2) gf in Jun.
Home Cummins (IRE) 7-1 (9-10) Tracked leaders, driven 2f out, challenged entering final furlong, stayed on, held towards finish, 2nd of 10, 1/2l behind Lord Of The Rock (9-10) at York 1m hcp (3) gs in Jul.
One Word More (IRE) 10-1 (8-7) Dwelt, always in rear, 15th of 17, 10 1/4l behind Flaming Spear (9-2) at York 1m hcp (2) gs in Aug.
Florenza 7-1 (9-12) Led, ridden and headed over 1f out, one pace final furlong, 3rd of 7, 2 1/4l behind Zymyran (8-9) at Newmarket 1m hcp (3) gs in Aug.
Kharbetation (IRE) 16-1 (9-12) Tracked leaders, carried right 4f out, weakened over 1f out, eased, last of 13, 19 1/2l behind Qassem (9-12) at Chelmsford City 1m hcp (3) pol in Aug.
Two For Two (IRE) 13-2 (10-0) Held up, never dangerous, 8th of 11, 20 1/2l behind Brilliant Vanguard (9-2) at Ripon 1m hcp (3) gd in Aug.
Father Bertie 11-1 (9-13) Held up, some late headway, never nearer, 6th of 11, 9 3/4l behind Brilliant Vanguard (9-2) at Ripon 1m hcp (3) gd in Aug.
Fort Bastion (IRE) 33-1 (9-2) Slowly away, chased leaders, weakened over 1f out, last of 10, 20 1/4l behind Bertiewhittle (9-2) at Doncaster 7f hcp (2) gd in Aug.
Brilliant Vanguard (IRE) 6-1 (9-2) Chased leaders, led 2f out, ran on well, won at Ripon 1m hcp (3) gd in Aug beating Sands Chorus (10-0) by 2l, 11 ran.