Following a highly impressive display at Chester last week Dabbers Ridge stands out head and shoulders above his rivals here and is taken to defy a 3lb penalty at the main expense of Stronghold and Babodana. The last mentioned has ground conditions to suit and lost no caste in defeat behind Rob Roy in Group 2 company last time so has to be respected back in this grade today. Chrysander looks to be going the right way now judged by his latest start at Ripon and could be of interest along with Tucker, who like most of David Elsworth's runners can be expected to improve for his reappearance run. Zero Tolerance has been a good servant to connections and is another worthy of a mention although a bigger threat is likely to come from John Gosden's relatively lightly raced Stronghold, who returns to turf having won a Listed race at Lingfield earlier this month. The selection though has to be Dabbers Ridge, who looked badly drawn at Chester and raced wide throughout but still won with any amount in hand at the line under conditions that were ideal. The Barry Hills-trained colt has similar ground today and it will be a surprise if he cannot follow up under just a 3lb penalty.
Stronghold 7-2 (9-0) Held up in rear, shaken up over 3f out, headway over 2f out, led approaching final furlong, ran on well, won at Lingfield 1m lst stk (1) gd beating Vortex (9-5) by 1 1/2l, 7 ran.
Babodana 11-1 (9-0) Settled in 4th, driven over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, not reach winner, 2nd of 8, 1l behind Rob Roy (9-0) at Sandown 1m Grp 2 (1) gd in Apr.
Pentecost 5-1 (9-0) Missed break, never in contention, 7th of 10, 7l behind Tyson (9-4) at Nad Al Sheba 1m 1f hcp gf in Feb.
Kings Point (IRE) 14-1 (9-0) Led, ridden and headed just inside final furlong, chased winner after, no impression, 3rd of 8, 2 1/2l behind Rob Roy (9-0) at Sandown 1m Grp 2 (1) gd in Apr.
Chrysander 14-1 (9-6) Held up behind, pushed along over 3f out, headway well over 2f out, no extra inside final furlong, 3rd of 7, 4l behind Profit's Reality (9-0) at Ripon 1m 2f stk (3) sft in Apr.
Tucker 7-1 (8-12) Held up, pulled hard, headway over 1f out, stayed on well final furlong, never nearer, 5th of 9, 9l behind Notnowcato (8-12) at Newmarket 1m 1f Grp 3 (1) gf in Apr.
Zero Tolerance (IRE) (8-11) Prominent till weakened quickly over 1f out, last of 10, 10l behind Krataios (8-11) at Saint-Cloud 1m Grp 2 (1) sft.
Blythe Knight (IRE) 12-1 (8-7) Led, ridden and headed over 2f out, kept on same pace, 3rd of 6, 5l behind Mountain High (8-7) at Newmarket 1m 2f stk (2) gf.
Xtra Torrential (USA) 40-1 (8-12) Raced stands side, tracked leaders, outpaced halfway, stayed on approaching final furlong, never on terms, 6th of 7, 4l behind Etlaala (8-12) at Leicester 7f lst stk (1) gd in Apr.
Cool Panic (IRE) 50-1 (9-5) Held up in mid-division, ridden 2f out, no impression, 12th of 17, 4l behind Kostar (8-11) at Lingfield 7f hcap (2) gd.
Dabbers Ridge (IRE) 6-4fav (9-0) Chased leaders, led going well over 2f out, quickened clear and edged left over 1f out, ran on, won at Chester 1m hcap (2) gs beating Shot To Fame (9-1) by 5l, 9 ran.
Traytonic 40-1 (9-12) Dwelt and soon mid-division, hampered over 3f out, not recover, last of 13, 19l behind Minority Report (9-3) at Thirsk 1m hcp 0-100 (2) frm.
Imperialistic (IRE) 16-1 (9-1) Dwelt, chased leaders to halfway, 9th of 10, 19l behind Alfonso (8-13) at Southwell 1m hcp 0-85 (4) fbs in Feb.