Although beaten in a similar contest at Catterick earlier this month, TROPICAL BACHELOR went down narrowly to Saffron's Son and can go one better here with the main dangers rated as Flying Phoebe and Sphere. Paul Midgley's filly has run better in her last two starts and has to be respected back in a seller having run creditably in a handicap last time. As well as Sphere, Paul Midgley is also represented by Saffron's Son, who may struggle to defy the penalty incurred for his win at Catterick last week. Ann Duffield's Madam'x is less exposed than most of these after just five starts and has to be considered but she needs to improve to trouble the judge. Flying Phoebe looks to be going the right way judged by his recent effort in a Beverley handicap and he has claims but preference is for Tropical Bachelor, who can go one better than last time.
Carlton Mac 33-1 (8-4) Mid-division, ridden 6f out, never troubled leaders, 9th of 11, 21l behind Promise Maker (9-6) at Catterick 2m hcp 0-70 (5) sft.
Glamoroso (IRE) 100-1 (9-5) Towards rear, struggling 4f out, soon weakened, tailed off, 11th of 14, well behind Rossini's Dancer (9-11) at Ripon 1m 2f 3yo & 4yo sll (5) gd.
Saffron's Son (IRE) 7-1 (8-10) Mid-division, headway 3f out, ridden to lead 1f out, stayed on under pressure final furlong, won at Catterick 1m 6f 3yo sll (6) gf beating Tropical Bachelor (8-10) by 1 1/2l, 11 ran.
Sphere (IRE) 12-1 (9-7) Prominent, ridden over 2f out, no extra inside final furlong, 3rd of 12, 6l behind Oddsmaker (9-2) at Musselburgh 1m 4f hcp 0-65 (6) gd.
Tropical Bachelor (IRE) 85-40fav (8-10) Led, ridden and headed 1f out, kept on final furlong, 2nd of 11, 1 1/2l behind Saffron's Son (8-10) at Catterick 1m 6f 3yo sll (6) gf.
Aven Mac (IRE) 50-1 (8-7) Towards rear, ridden, headway over 2f out, stayed on under pressure inside final furlong to go 2nd near finish, no chance with winner, 2nd of 14, 7l behind Rossini's Dancer (9-11) at Ripon 1m 2f 3yo & 4yo sll (5) gd.
First Hand 33-1 (8-5) Led, headed 8f out, soon ridden and gradually lost place, eased final 2f, 11th of 13, 50l behind Eloise (8-9) at Southwell 1m 3f 3yo hcp 0-50 (7) fbs in Aug.
Flying Phoebe 50-1 (8-9) Held up, headway over 1f out, kept on, 4th of 13, 6l behind Valid Point (8-9) at Beverley 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-60 (6) fm in Aug.
Madam'x 33-1 (8-4) Held up, outpaced 4f out, ridden over 2f out, stayed on under pressure from over 1f out, never nearer, 4th of 8, 8l behind Upton Seas (9-6) at Ripon 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Aug.