BONDI BEACH BOY continues to defy the handicapper and recorded his seventh win of the year when scoring at Thirsk last month. Unbeaten in four previous starts over course and distance, James Turner's charge can shrug off a further 5lb rise and land this. Avon Breeze finished ahead of both Singeur and Head Space when third at Ripon last time and can figure while Newmarket winner Hadaj should be in the mix back on faster ground after a third at Haydock. Lost In Paris has looked high enough in the weights since scoring at Catterick in July.
Head Space (IRE) 8-1 (9-10) Held up in rear, headway over 2f out, kept on inside final furlong, 3rd of 7, 4l behind Hopes N Dreams (9-8) at Epsom Downs 6f hcp 0-90 (3) gd in Aug.
Singeur (IRE) 12-1 (9-7) Raced near side, held up in touch, pushed along halfway, ridden and headway over 1f out, went 3rd in group and stayed on same pace inside final furlong,, 6th of 20, 5l behind Clear Spring (9-7) at Ripon 6f hcp (2) gd in Aug.
Lucky Numbers (IRE) 20-1 (9-6) Raced stands' side, mid-division, headway over 1f out, ran on, never nearer, 7th of 15, 2 1/2l behind Cheviot (9-5) at Ripon 5f hcp 0-95 (3) gd in Aug.
Avon Breeze 16-1 (9-3) Raced far side, chased leaders, drive insid efinal furlong, ran on under pressure to lead group final strides, not pace of leading duo near side, 3rd of 20, 2 3/4l behind Clear Spring (9-7) at Ripon 6f hcp (2) gd in Aug.
Mister Manannan (IRE) 25-1 (9-2) In rear, ridden 2f out, never on terms, 8th of 10, 7l behind Spinatrix (9-7) at Ripon 6f hcp 0-95 (3) gs in Aug.
Hadaj 9-2 (9-5) Prominent, raced centre, ridden and every chance over 1f out, kept on same pace, no impression on winner final 100 yards, lost 2nd close home, 3rd of 8, 2 3/4l behind Ashpan Sam (9-7) at Haydock 6f hcp 0-85 (4) sft.
Bondi Beach Boy 3-1fav (9-5) Chased leader, switched right inside final 2f, ridden to lead final 100 yards, ran on, won at Thirsk 5f hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Aug beating Da'quonde (9-2) by 1l, 11 ran.
Lost In Paris (IRE) 11-2 (9-12) Pressed leader, pushed along over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on same pace inside final furlong, 5th of 9, 2 1/2l behind Sharaarah (9-10) at Musselburgh 5f hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Aug.