Thatchmaster was a big disappointment when odds-on over the mile trip at this track two weeks ago and Spirit Of Rio was expected to do much better on his handicap debut at Ripon. Last week's winner at Windsor, Eric The Grey, should go well again in similar company but Jordaura and Tabaayun are both upped in class after scoring on their latest starts. SAVE THE BEES can effectively race off a lower mark than his most recent win thanks to an apprentice's 7lb allowance and he gets the vote to record his fifth success of the year.
Ardmay (IRE) 28-1 (9-9) Chased leaders, ridden 2f out, losing place when hampered soon after, 10th of 14, 9l behind Ingleby Angel (9-1) at Haydock 1m hcp 0-90 (3) gd in Sep.
Totalize 25-1 (8-12) Held up, took keen hold, always in rear, last of 18, 26l behind Lahaag (9-9) at York 1m 4f hcp 0-100 (2) gd.
Moccasin (FR) 16-1 (9-4) Steadied start, behind, headway when not clear run over 2f out, soon beaten, 7th of 13, 11l behind San Cassiano (9-0) at Redcar 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gf.
Save The Bees 5-1fav (9-10) Headway to chase winner 7f out, ridden over 2f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 4th of 16, 3l behind Amulet (8-12) at Nottingham 1m Handicap (0-73) (3yo+) (5) gd.
Thatchmaster (USA) 8-13fav (9-5) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, driven to chase winner over 1f out until inside final furlong, kept on same pace, 3rd of 10, 6l behind Duke of Grazeon (9-5) at Pontefract 1m 3yo mdn (5) gd.
Spirit Of Rio (IRE) 9-2 (9-1) Slowly into stirde, held up towards rear, reminder 4f out, never on terms, 9th of 10, 8l behind Maven (9-11) at Ripon 1m 2f hcp 0-90 (3) gd in Aug.
Barwick 4-1 (9-1) Dwelt in rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, stayed on towards finish, not trouble leaders, 4th of 10, 2 1/4l behind Thouwra (9-5) at Yarmouth 1m hcp 0-85 (4) gs in Sep.
Eric The Grey (IRE) 11-1 (8-13) Slowly away, in rear, headway in centre over from 2f out, led 1f out, clear inside final furlong, stayed on well, won at Windsor 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) sft beating Raskova (8-11) by 2 1/4l, 13 ran.
Jordaura 8-1 (9-4) Slow into stride in rear, ridden 3f out, headway over 1f out, led inside final furlong, ran on, won at Hamilton 1m 1f hcp 0-70 (5) gs in Sep beating Lord Franklin (9-6) by 2 1/4l, 9 ran.
Tabaayun (IRE) 4-1 (9-1) Tracked leader, ridden to lead 2f out, edged right and stayed on final furlong, won at Hamilton 1m 1f clm stks (6) gs in Sep beating Act Your Shoe Size (9-0) by 4 1/2l, 4 ran.
King Of The Celts (IRE) 10-1 (9-3) In touch, effort over 1f out, soon one pace, 5th of 9, 1 3/4l behind Border Bandit (8-9) at Beverley 1m hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Sep.
Dark Ruler (IRE) 22-1 (9-10) Pushed along to lead after 1f, went 2nd 3f out, soon led, clear over 1f out, headed and not quicken final 125 yards, 2nd of 16, 1/2l behind Artful Prince (9-10) at Newcastle 1m 2f hcp 0-65 (6) gs in Sep.
Brockfield 12-1 (9-7) Held up, switched right to near side over 6f out and chased leaders, ridden over 1f out, stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 3rd of 14, 3 1/2l behind Cape Samba (9-5) at Newcastle 1m hcp 0-70 (5) gf.