SAN CASSIANO made all for a comfortable victory at Ripon last week. Ruth Carr's charge can strike again while the iron is hot and defy a penalty against lesser opposition. Rock Supreme has yet to show any improvement for his slide down the weights but Exning Halt could figure after a recent spin over hurdles. Oetzi looks the biggest threat on the back of a decent effort at Sandown and is preferred to Warcrown and Pivotman, although the latter pair could bounce back at any time off their current marks.
San Cassiano (IRE) 9-2 (8-12) Made most, ridden clear entering final 2f, ran on, comfortable, won at Ripon 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gf beating Maybeagrey (8-5) by 4 1/2l, 8 ran.
Cape Explorer 9-2 (9-5) Raced wide close up, tracked leader over 4f out, ridden 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 5th of 13, 17l behind Saaboog (9-0) at Southwell 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) fbs in Oct.
Rock Supreme (IRE) 15-2 (9-2) Dwelt, towards rear, pushed along over 1f out, ridden and no impression inside final furlong, 7th of 9, 9l behind Pacific Heights (8-12) at Carlisle 1m hcp 0-80 (4) gf in May.
Time Of My Life (IRE) 14-1 (9-6) Held up in touch, pushed along over 4f out, edged left over 1f out, kept on same pace, 5th of 10, 3l behind Miss Cap Estel (9-7) at Chester 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Sep.
Exning Halt 7-2 (9-0) Tracked winner until 3f out, one pace and no impression, 4th of 6, 3 1/2l behind Classic Punch (9-7) at Beverley 1m 2f hcp 0-80 (4) gf in May.
Oetzi 16-1 (8-6) Held up, ridden and headway 2f out, not pace to challenge, 7th of 9, 4l behind Cashpoint (9-2) at Sandown 1m 2f hcp 0-80 (4) gf.
Pivotman 9-2 (9-7) Mid-division, chased leaders 2f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on same pace, no impression final furlong, 6th of 10, 7l behind Joyful Sound (8-5) at Beverley 1m hcp 0-70 (5) gf.
Warcrown (IRE) 20-1 (8-10) Mid-division, headway to track leaders 3f out, lost place over 1f out, outpaced and edged left inside final furlong, soon weakened, 8th of 14, 8l behind Looks Like Rain (8-5) at York 1m 4f app hcp 0-80 (4) gf.
Viva Colonia (IRE) 50-1 (9-6) Close up, ridden to dispute lead over 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 13th of 17, 21l behind Dark Ranger (8-7) at York 2m 2f hcp 0-80 (4) gd in May '11.