Ruth Carr's Chosen One has done little wrong of late but gave the impression at Pontefract earlier this month that the handicapper now has his measure following three wins on the bounce and a better bet looks to be Noel Wilson's RIDLEY DIDLEY, who is preferred to Crimea. The David Nicholls-trained gelding has disappointed in both starts this term but has been given a chance by the handicapper having been dropped 3lbs since his most recent start so it may be too soon to write him off. Methaaly has not won for some time and could probably do with being dropped a few pounds, while Jim Goldie's River Falcon did not run to the form that he is capable of behind Hamish McGonagall at Musselburgh last time and is better than that. Ryan Style is lightly raced and open to improvement but he seems a shade high in the weights and preference is for Noel Wilson's Ridley Didley, who has been running consistently well and he can race off the same mark as when narrowly beaten in his last two outings.
Crimea (IRE) 40-1 (8-8) Towards rear, switched left well over 1f out, never a factor, 14th of 19, 6l behind Bertoliver (8-6) at Epsom Downs 5f hcap (2) gf.
River Falcon 14-1 (8-7) Mid-division, driven and outpaced when switched right to outside well over 2f out, soon ridden, weakened final furlong, 11th of 15, 8l behind Hamish Mcgonagall (9-10) at Musselburgh 5f hcp 105 (2) gf.
Smokey Ryder 40-1 (8-5) In touch, ridden 3f out, one pace and no impression from over 1f out, 7th of 11, 5l behind Secret Witness (8-9) at Salisbury 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in May.
Ryan Style (IRE) 5-2fav (9-2) Chased leaders, ridden and weakened 2f out, 8th of 9, 17l behind Ingleby Star (9-2) at Hamilton 5f hcp 0-75 (5) gd in May.
Chosen One (IRE) 11-2 (8-13) Tracked leader until over 1f out, soon ridden, no extra inside final furlong, 5th of 10, 4l behind Riflessione (9-5) at Pontefract 5f hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Methaaly (IRE) 10-1 (8-11) Always towards rear, never troubled leaders, 7th of 9, 6l behind Apache Ridge (9-4) at Carlisle 6f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in May.
Ridley Didley (IRE) 11-2 (8-7) Tracked leaders, ridden to challenge over 1f out, stayed on to press winner until no extra and lost 2nd final 50 yards, 3rd of 10, 1 1/2l behind Lost In Paris (9-4) at Musselburgh 5f hcp (3) gf.
Distant Sun (USA) 15-2 (9-6) Raced keenly, tracked leader, ridden to lead over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, kept on and every chance until edged left and no extra towards finish, 3rd of 6, 1 1/4l behind Arjemis (8-12) at Hamilton 6f hcp 0-75 (5) gf.